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We found 3 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Solution 102, a Multi-State Plan near Baytown, TX.

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Dr. Henry Muniz, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Henry Muniz sees patients in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Baytown, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Muniz's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Muniz completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Manisha Chandalia, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4201 Garth Road, Suite 313; Independence Plaza 1
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Manisha Chandalia works as an endocrinologist in Baytown, TX and Galveston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Chandalia include erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and kidney stones. Dr. Chandalia accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Topiwala National Medical College. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Tahir Hafeez, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Tahir Hafeez is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Hafeez's areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.