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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Henry Muniz specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Muniz studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Muniz include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Muniz takes. Dr. Muniz's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Katherine Vollmers' specialty is adult nephrology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Vollmers's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Vollmers performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Aashish Pandya's specialty is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pandya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He honors 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, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Pandya's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Alvin Goh's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Goh is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Goh's practice 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 practices adult endocrinology. Her clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and kidney stones. Dr. Chandalia is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of Topiwala National Medical College.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Sarah Shearer practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. These areas are among Dr. Shearer's clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Shearer's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Billy Gilbert practices adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Gilbert include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Gilbert's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Gilbert trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX
 

Dr. Tahir Hafeez's specialty is adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Hafeez studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is open to new patients.

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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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