We found 6 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept MO HealthNet near Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Sam Bipin Bhayani, MS, MD
Specializes in Urology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 11c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sam Bhayani's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhayani include kidney cancer, robotic surgery, and prostate cancer. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Bhayani takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency. Dr. Bhayani is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. Robert Sherburne Figenshau, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Urology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Figenshau is an urologist, cancer surgeon, and pediatric urologist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. In his practice, Dr. Figenshau focuses on bladder cancer and minimally invasive surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Figenshau obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Progress West Hospital.

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All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Bladder Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Ramakrishna Venkatesh, MD
Specializes in Urology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 11c
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Ramakrishna Venkatesh is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Dr. Venkatesh attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. Dr. Venkatesh's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Lexington VA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Robotic Surgery, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Keith A Hruska, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Keith Hruska's areas of specialization are pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) and adult transplant hepatology. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Hruska is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Kidney Stones, Diabetic Nephropathy, Hyperparathyroidism, Chronic Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Anitha Vijayan, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2610 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Anitha Vijayan's area of specialization is adult nephrology. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Vijayan obtained her medical school training at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed her residency at Princess Margaret Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vijayan accepts.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Acute Kidney Injury, Plasma Exchange, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alana C Desai, MD
Specializes in Urology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alana Desai is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Desai studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Endourologic Procedures

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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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