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We found 5 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept United Healthcare Gold EPO near Baytown, TX.

Dr. Humaira Khawaja Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1690 W Baker Road; Suite A
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary is an adult nephrology specialist. Her education and training includes medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chaudhary's areas of expertise include kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Manisha Chandalia works as an adult endocrinologist in Baytown, TX and Galveston, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and kidney stones. Dr. Chandalia is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Topiwala National Medical College. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Chandalia welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Alvin Goh, who practices in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Sugar Land, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Goh accepts. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Goh completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Henry Muniz's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Muniz's areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Muniz welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Tahir Hafeez's area of specialization is adult nephrology. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hafeez studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program. Dr. Hafeez is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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.