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

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

Dr. Sam Bhayani practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Bhayani is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His areas of clinical interest consist of kidney cancer, robotic surgery, and prostate cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Bhayani average 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhayani accepts. He 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. Ramakrishna Venkatesh, MD
Specializes in Urology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 11c
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Ramakrishna Venkatesh is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Venkatesh accepts. He attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University for medical school and subsequently trained at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for residency. His 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. 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 urologic oncology, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and pediatric urology specialist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Figenshau include bladder cancer and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Figenshau accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with 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. Keith A Hruska, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Keith Hruska is a pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) and adult transplant hepatology specialist. Dr. Hruska is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Creighton University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Kidney Stones, Diabetic Nephropathy, Hyperparathyroidism

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

Dr. Anitha Vijayan specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. She attended medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Vijayan completed residency programs 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. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Desai is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Before completing her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Desai attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desai honors.

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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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