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We found 6 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Libertyville, IL.

Dr. Nejd F Alsikafi, MD
Specializes in Urology
151 W. Golf Road
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Nejd Alsikafi practices urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Alsikafi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Alsikafi a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Surgery, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Urology
565 Lakeview Parkway; Suite 112
Vernon Hills, IL
 

Dr. Israel Berger is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). After attending the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Dr. Berger completed his residency training at Michael Reese Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Berger include bladder surgery, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Berger takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Berger (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Yiddish. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Transurethral Needle Ablation, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dennis Aaron Pessis, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
900 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 226
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Pessis is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Pessis's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Affiliated Urologists, and Rush Oak Park Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pessis takes. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Pessis attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Pessis speaks German.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal, Kidney Cancer, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Jawad Munir, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology, Geriatrics
1272 American Way
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Jawad Munir works as a nephrologist and geriatrician. Clinical interests for Dr. Munir include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Munir honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. He studied medicine at Nishtar Medical College. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency. Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Munir is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Glomerular Diseases, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. H Merrill Matschke, MD
Specializes in Urology
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 228
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. H. Matschke is an urologist in Lake Forest, IL and Grayslake, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, infertility, and testosterone replacement therapy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Matschke is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Matschke performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Matschke (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Infertility, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy Reversal, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Joshua Robert Trob, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1272 American Way
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Joshua Trob is a Libertyville, IL physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Trob attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. Dr. Trob has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis

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What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in the kidneys, made up of minerals that are normally present in urine. They can vary in size, from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a nickel, occasionally even larger. Sometimes they lodge in the kidney, and sometimes they break free and make their way out through the urinary tract, which can be extremely painful.

Kidney stones can be smooth or jagged and are yellow to brown in color. They are mostly comprised of the minerals calcium, oxalate, and phosphorus. Examining the stones to see what they are made of can show what caused the stone to be formed in the first place. For example, a stone made of mostly calcium, which is the most common type, can happen any time the urine becomes too concentrated due to dehydration or a blockage in the kidney. A uric acid stone forms when acid levels in the urine get too high, usually due to excessive consumption of animal protein such as meat and fish. A struvite stone is a sign of certain infections, and a cystine stone can be due to a genetic disorder that raises the risk of kidney stones.

The most common symptom of kidney stones is pain, either in the back or lower abdomen, or severe pain when urinating. There may also be blood in the urine. Treatment for kidney stones depends on how large the stone is. Very small stones can pass out of the body on their own, and they do not require treatment other than drinking adequate water and taking pain killers. Larger stones need to be broken apart and removed. The main treatment options are:

  • Shock wave lithotripsy, which uses sound wave vibrations to break apart the stone
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or the use of a very tiny tool (like a wire inserted through the back) to break apart and remove the stone
  • Ureteroscopy, a thin tube inserted through the urethra and bladder to the stone, where tiny tools can grasp the stone and remove it

People who have had one kidney stone are at risk of developing another. To reduce this risk, patients are given instructions specific to the type of stone they developed. Generally the instructions will include drinking more water to dilute the urine, but it may also involve lowering sodium intake or eating less meat.