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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 is an adult endocrinology specialist in Dallas, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: disorders of calcium metabolism, cancer, and pituitary disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Roe graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Roe's average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Disorders of Calcium Metabolism, Thyroid Problems, Metabolic Bone Disease, Infertility, Type 2 ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Matthew Shuford's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Shuford include bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and robotic partial nephrectomy. Dr. Shuford is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Resources. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shuford takes. He welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, cancer surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fine is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Fine performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is 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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include robotic partial nephrectomy, kidney stones, and robotic prostatectomy. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Smith takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Robotic Pyeloplasty, Kidney Stones, Robotic Prostatectomy, Kidney ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Hong Xiao works as a family practice physician and pediatrician. Patient ratings for Dr. Xiao average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include atrial fibrillation, appendicitis, and diabetes management. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Xiao attended medical school at Harbin Medical University. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She 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 a Dallas, TX physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Dr. Heller's clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Heller accepts.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Sana Ahmed practices adult nephrology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ahmed include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney function monitoring. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is a graduate of Dow Medical College.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Function Monitoring, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Gates Colbert is a specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Colbert is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Parkland Community Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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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.