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We found 8 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Cigna near Dallas, TX.

Dr. Erin Elizabeth Dunnigan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 656
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Erin Roe's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roe include disorders of calcium metabolism, cancer, and pituitary disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Roe studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Roe is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Dr. Matthew Dawson Shuford, MD
Specializes in Urology
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 1205, Barnett Tower
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Shuford practices urology (urinary tract disease). His clinical interests include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and robotic partial nephrectomy. Dr. Shuford's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Resources. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's residency program. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shuford is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Male Incontinence, Female Incontinence, Cystocele, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua Kory Fine, MD
Specializes in Urology
3600 Gaston Avenue; Suite 1002 Barnett Tower
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Joshua Fine specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Fine trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Dr. Fine's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Eric Bryan Smith, MD
Specializes in Urology
3600 Gaston Avenue; 1002 Barnett Tower
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Eric Smith is a Dallas, TX physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Smith's clinical interests include robotic partial nephrectomy, kidney stones, and robotic prostatectomy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. His distinctions include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, General Pediatrics
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Hong Xiao specializes in family medicine and general pediatrics and practices in Dallas, TX and Carrollton, TX. Dr. Xiao has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include the following: atrial fibrillation, appendicitis, and diabetes management. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Harbin Medical University and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Xiao is conversant in Chinese. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Medical Center of Lewisville.

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Dr. Howard Jay Heller, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
910 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Howard Heller is an adult endocrinologist in Dallas, TX. His areas of expertise include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Heller graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Heller accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Sana Ahmed is a specialist in adult nephrology. She works in Dallas, TX. She is a graduate of Dow Medical College. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney function monitoring. Dr. Ahmed is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Gates Colbert's area of specialization is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Parkland Community Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Colbert is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Diabetic ... (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.