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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 area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Roe graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Roe include disorders of calcium metabolism, cancer, and pituitary disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Roe average 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Roe accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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

Dr. Matthew Shuford is an urologist in Dallas, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Shuford include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and robotic partial nephrectomy. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Resources. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Shuford's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Joshua Fine sees patients in Dallas, TX. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Fine's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Fine honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Hong Xiao, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Pediatrics
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Hong Xiao's areas of specialization are family medicine and general pediatrics; she sees patients in Dallas, TX and Carrollton, TX. Dr. Xiao studied medicine at Harbin Medical University. For her professional training, Dr. Xiao completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. These areas are among her clinical interests: atrial fibrillation, appendicitis, and diabetes management. Dr. Xiao has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She speaks Chinese. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Medical Center of Lewisville.

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

Dr. Eric Smith works as an urologist in Dallas, TX. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include robotic partial nephrectomy, kidney stones, and robotic prostatectomy. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Smith include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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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 endocrinology specialist. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Heller's clinical interests: disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and kidney stones. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Sana Ahmed practices adult nephrology. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney function monitoring. Dr. Ahmed is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahmed takes. She graduated from Dow Medical College.

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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 is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Colbert graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Parkland Community Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.