We found 12 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 is an urologist. He graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Lim's areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Lim's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

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). Patient ratings for Dr. Mobley average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mobley include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mobley accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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

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

Dr. Terry Williams is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Williams is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Williams's areas of expertise consist of erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Williams's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Williams attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Williams speaks Spanish.

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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' area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Miles's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Miles has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Miles's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Hoang 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 is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Hoang is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Mary Ruppe is an adult endocrinologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Ruppe obtained her medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed her residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, adolescent issues, and osteomyelitis. Patient ratings for Dr. Ruppe average 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. Dr. Ruppe has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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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 specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among her clinical interests: prostate problems, kidney stones, and female urologic disorders. Dr. Khavari is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Khavari completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khavari's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Alvin Goh's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Goh is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. 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 professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Goh's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Wesley Ekeruo works as an urologist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His clinical interests include kidney stones, male reproductive disorders, and incontinence. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ekeruo is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ekeruo's 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 practices urology (urinary tract disease). Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stewart include prostate problems, kidney stones, and nephroscopy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She has an open panel. Dr. Stewart graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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 Houston, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine and adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pancreas transplant. The average patient rating for Dr. Suki is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Suki is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Parkland Health & Hospital System's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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

Dr. Xishi Tan is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Tan include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Tan attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Tan welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Ureteroscopy, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, ... (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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