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We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Burleson, TX.

Dr. Robert Gordon Parham, MD
Specializes in Urology
Texas Center for Urology
Burleson, TX
 

Dr. Robert Parham works as an urologist in Texarkana, TX, Burleson, TX, and Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Parham's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and atrophic vaginitis. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Weatherford Regional Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans. He has an open panel. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Parham attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Sleep Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Dar Bharat Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3417 Southwest Wilshire Boulevard
Joshua, TX
 

Dr. Dar Shah's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Shah attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He speaks Gujarati. His professional affiliations include North Hills Hospital, Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, and Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Shah is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Problems, Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. David Randall Rittenhouse, DO
Specializes in Urology
11797 S Freeway; Suite 226
Burleson, TX
 

Dr. David Rittenhouse is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Rittenhouse average 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and atrophic vaginitis. He 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. Dr. Rittenhouse attended Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Weatherford Regional Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Todd Everett Young, MD, DO
Specializes in Urology
11797 S Freeway; Suite 226
Burleson, TX
 

Dr. Todd Young is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Fort Worth, TX and Burleson, TX. His areas of expertise include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and female incontinence. Dr. Young is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Botsford Hospital and Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas, Dr. Young attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Young's professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Weatherford Regional Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Female Incontinence, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Urologic ... (Read more)

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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.