Finding Providers
loading

We found 11 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Aetna Open Access near Houston, TX.

Dr. David Joonbeom Lim, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Lim's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include kidney stones and prostate cancer. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lim takes. After completing medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Lim's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Terry Raymond Williams, MD
Specializes in Urology
1200 Binz Street; #1340
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Williams' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise consist of erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. Dr. Williams's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Williams attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Williams is open to new patients.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian John Miles, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Miles practices urology (urinary tract disease). He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Miles include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Patients rated Dr. Miles highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Miles is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. His practice is open to new patients.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Circumcision, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Tran Hoang, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Hoang, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Hoang trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. His areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). He is rated highly by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Hoang is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Hoang's practice is open to new patients.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Frank Mobley, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Mobley's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Mobley attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. The average patient rating for Dr. Mobley is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mobley is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Problems, Bladder Cancer, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Denise Ruppe, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mary Ruppe is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Houston, TX. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. She is especially interested in kidney stones, adolescent issues, and osteomyelitis. The average patient rating for Dr. Ruppe is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Ruppe has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Kidney Stones, Fractures, Osteomyelitis, Parathyroid Disease

Dr. Rose Khavari, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rose Khavari's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include prostate problems, kidney stones, and female urologic disorders. Dr. Khavari's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Khavari attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khavari has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Neuro-Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Alvin C.C. Goh, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Goh's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goh include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Goh a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Goh honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Transplant, Urologic Disorders, Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wesley O Ekeruo, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wesley Ekeruo is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ekeruo include kidney stones, male reproductive disorders, and incontinence. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ekeruo takes. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ekeruo's office for an appointment.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Male Reproductive Disorders, Kidney Problems, Vasectomy, Vasectomy ... (Read more)

Dr. Julie Nicole Stewart, MD, BA
Specializes in Urology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Stewart is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). She attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, kidney stones, and nephroscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Stewart is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Stewart's practice is open to new patients.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Transurethral Resection ... (Read more)

Dr. Wadi Nagib Suki, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wadi Suki is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pancreas transplant. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Suki attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. The average patient rating for Dr. Suki is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

Read more

Relevant Interests: , kidney stones

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Pancreas Transplant, Renal Biopsy, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Dialysis, Kidney ... (Read more)

Gender

Insurance

New Patients

Medicare Patient Age

Medicare Patient Conditions

Medicare Patient Ethnicity

Medicare Patient Gender

Medicare Patient Insurance Eligibility

Distinctions

Foreign Language

Online Communication

Patient Demographic

Practice Affiliation

Time Commitments

Certifications

Credentials

Fellowship

Medical School

Residency

Specialty

Years Since Graduation

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.