We found 7 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Libertyville, IL.

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

Dr. Nejd Alsikafi specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Alsikafi attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Alsikafi include bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Alsikafi takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is closed to new patients at this time.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Urinary Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jawad Munir's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Munir (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. Clinical interests 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. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Munir attended medical school at Nishtar Medical College. Dr. Munir is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Steven E Mutchnik, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Steven Mutchnik's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Mutchnik's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, incontinence, and laparoscopic surgery. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Mutchnik's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Mutchnik is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. John E Milner, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. John Milner is an urologist in Lake Forest, IL, Glenview, IL, and Highland Park, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Milner include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Milner is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. After attending the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Kidney ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Dennis Pessis is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Pessis include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Pessis's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pessis accepts. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Pessis studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Rush University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. H. Matschke is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Lake Forest, IL, Glenview, IL, and Grayslake, IL. Dr. Matschke's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, infertility, and testosterone replacement therapy. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors 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.

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