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 works as an urologist in Houston, TX. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Lim attended Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school. Dr. Lim's areas of expertise include kidney stones, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Lim average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lim has an open panel.

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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' medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. Dr. Williams's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Williams 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 has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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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 is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Houston, TX. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Miles's clinical interests include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Miles takes 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 graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hoang include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Dr. Hoang is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Hoang is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is open to new patients. He 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.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). 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. Dr. Mobley honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Mobley is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Ruppe has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise consist of kidney stones, adolescent issues, and osteomyelitis. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ruppe is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Georgetown University Medical Center's residency program. She has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khavari's areas of expertise include prostate problems, kidney stones, and female urologic disorders. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Khavari is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Khavari is accepting new patients.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Goh include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Goh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Goh is open to new patients.

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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 a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated Dr. Ekeruo highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ekeruo include kidney stones, male reproductive disorders, and incontinence. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ekeruo is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX. Patients rated Dr. Stewart highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stewart include prostate problems, kidney stones, and nephroscopy. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Stewart attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Stewart is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Wadi Suki is a general internist and nephrologist. Dr. Suki has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Suki include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pancreas transplant. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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

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