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We found 5 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Aetna Bronze $15 Copay near Fort Worth, TX.

Dr. Ira Marc Epstein, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ira Epstein's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Epstein graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital. On average, patients gave Dr. Epstein a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Dr. David Raymond Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. David Martin, who practices in Euless, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and Arlington, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He speaks Navajo. Dr. Martin is especially interested in kidney stones, metabolic bone disease, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Martin attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his residency, Dr. Martin trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martin accepts. Dr. Martin has an open panel.

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Dr. David Randall Rittenhouse, DO
Specializes in Urology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. David Rittenhouse is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Rittenhouse's areas of expertise include the following: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and atrophic vaginitis. The average patient rating for Dr. Rittenhouse is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. Rittenhouse attended medical school at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rittenhouse's professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Weatherford Regional Medical Center. Dr. Rittenhouse has an open panel.

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Dr. Todd Everett Young, MD, DO
Specializes in Urology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Todd Young specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Fort Worth, TX and Burleson, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Young include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and female incontinence. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Weatherford Regional Medical Center. 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 honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Young welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Charles Bamberger, MD
Specializes in Urology
416 S Henderson
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Charles Bamberger practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Bamberger's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, penile cancer, and sleep disorders. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. He is a graduate of the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Bamberger trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Bamberger is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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.