We found 11 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept United Healthcare Gold EPO near Baytown, TX.

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Dr. Alvin C.C. Goh, MD
Specializes in Urology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Goh is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Goh include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Goh welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Billy Gilbert's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Gilbert's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gilbert is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1690 W Baker Road; Suite A
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. Dr. Chaudhary is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Chaudhary attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. Dr. Chaudhary is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Dialysis

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Sarah Shearer specializes in adult nephrology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Clinical interests for Dr. Shearer include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Shearer takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shearer's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. June Yao is a nephrologist in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Webster, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Yao include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Yao accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Before completing her residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Yao attended medical school at Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhongshan School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Finch is a specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Finch include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Finch obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Henry Muniz practices adult nephrology. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah, Dr. Muniz attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Muniz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Katherine Timmins Vollmers, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Vollmers is an adult nephrology specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Vollmers speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. She attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vollmers has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Aashish Pandya's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. Pandya performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Chandalia include erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and kidney stones. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at Topiwala National Medical College. Dr. Chandalia is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Tahir Hafeez is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Baytown, TX and Pasadena, TX. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hafeez takes. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hafeez's 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.

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