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We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Aetna HMO near Skokie, IL.

Dr. Nejd F Alsikafi, MD
Specializes in Urology
2600 Patriot Boulevard; Suite #j
Glenview, 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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Specializes in Urology
9669 Kenton Avenue; Suite 306
Skokie, 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. John E Milner, MD
Specializes in Urology
9669 Kenton Avenue; Suite 608
Skokie, IL
 

Dr. John Milner specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He attended medical school at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Milner completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Clinical interests for Dr. Milner include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Milner takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Steven E Mutchnik, MD
Specializes in Urology
9669 Kenton Avenue; Suite 608
Skokie, IL
 

Dr. Steven Mutchnik's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Mutchnik include 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. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Mutchnik's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. 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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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.