We found 12 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Aetna Open Access near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. David Mobley's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mobley include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Mobley is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Mobley attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Alvin Goh specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Goh's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Goh attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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

Dr. Brian Miles practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Miles's clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Miles has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He 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.

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Dr. Mary Denise Ruppe, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mary Ruppe is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, adolescent issues, and osteomyelitis. Dr. Ruppe is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ruppe honors. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Dr. Ruppe performed her residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. David Lim is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Lim has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lim accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency.

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

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

Dr. Thomas Hoang is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Hoang include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hoang accepts. Dr. Hoang obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Urology
1200 Binz Street; #1340
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Williams works as an urologist in Houston, TX. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Dr. Williams performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. His areas of expertise consist of erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Williams has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Julie Nicole Stewart, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Stewart is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). She works in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Stewart include prostate problems, kidney stones, and nephroscopy. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Stewart's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Rose Khavari is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patient reviews placed Dr. Khavari at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: prostate problems, kidney stones, and female urologic disorders. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Khavari attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for her residency. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Wesley Ekeruo specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Ekeruo's education and training includes medical school at Duke University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, male reproductive disorders, and incontinence. His 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. Ekeruo is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Xishi Tan, MD
Specializes in Urology
1 Baylor Plaza; 404d
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Xishi Tan is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Tan is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Tan include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Tan is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, Dr. Tan performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Wadi Suki's specialties are general internal medicine and adult nephrology. He attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Clinical interests for Dr. Suki include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pancreas transplant. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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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.

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