We found 4 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, who practices in North Richland Hills, TX and Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. Dr. Epstein's professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Epstein is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital.

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

Dr. David Martin's specialty is adult nephrology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Martin include kidney stones, metabolic bone disease, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Martin attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He speaks Navajo. Dr. Martin is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. David Randall Rittenhouse, DO
Specializes in Urology
1001 12th Ave St 140; Fort
Worth, TX
 

Dr. David Rittenhouse, who practices in Fort Worth, TX and Burleson, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Rittenhouse is a graduate of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and atrophic vaginitis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Rittenhouse has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Rittenhouse welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Urology
416 S Henderson
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Charles Bamberger practices urology (urinary tract disease). He studied medicine at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Bamberger trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Bamberger include bladder cancer, penile cancer, and sleep disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bamberger is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth.

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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.