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

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

Dr. Mary Ruppe practices adult endocrinology in Houston, TX. She is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include kidney stones, adolescent issues, and osteomyelitis. Dr. Ruppe is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before performing her residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Ruppe attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. Dr. Ruppe 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. Alvin C.C. Goh, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Goh's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Goh is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. 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. Goh's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

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). He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Mobley trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. On average, patients gave Dr. Mobley a rating 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. Mobley honors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mobley is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Brian Miles specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Miles obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Miles at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Julie Stewart's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Stewart obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her clinical interests include prostate problems, kidney stones, and nephroscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Stewart is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stewart accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Thomas Hoang works as an urologist in Houston, TX. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Hoang include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hoang takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. David Lim's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He attended Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. Dr. Lim has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lim honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Wesley Ekeruo, who practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ekeruo attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Ekeruo's clinical interests include kidney stones, male reproductive disorders, and incontinence. The average patient rating for Dr. Ekeruo is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Ekeruo is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Rose Khavari specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Houston, TX. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Khavari attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: prostate problems, kidney stones, and female urologic disorders. Dr. Khavari's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Khavari is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Xishi Tan's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise 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. Dr. Tan honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Wadi Suki's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Suki's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pancreas transplant. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. He is 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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