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We found 8 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 sees patients in Gurnee, IL, Libertyville, IL, and Glenview, IL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Alsikafi graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Alsikafi completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

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

Dr. Israel Berger, who practices in Skokie, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and Lake Zurich, IL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Berger (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Yiddish. His clinical interests include bladder surgery, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Berger's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and NorthShore University HealthSystem. After completing medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Dr. Berger performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology, Geriatrics
1272 American Way
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Jawad Munir's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks Urdu. Areas of expertise for Dr. Munir include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. His education and training includes medical school at Nishtar Medical College and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Munir takes. He has an open panel.

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

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Specializes in Urology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. John Milner is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Milner accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Dr. Milner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Urology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Steven Mutchnik's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He is especially interested in kidney stones, incontinence, and laparoscopic surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Mutchnik accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Mutchnik's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Prostate Cancer

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Specializes in Urology, Other
900 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 226
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Pessis is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Pessis has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1272 American Way
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Joshua Trob's specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise consist of kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. Dr. Trob is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Trob honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

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Specializes in Urology
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 228
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. H. Matschke, who practices in Lake Forest, IL, Glenview, IL, and Grayslake, IL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Matschke's clinical interests include kidney stones, infertility, and testosterone replacement therapy. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. Dr. Matschke is accepting new patients.

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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.