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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. He is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Lim include kidney stones and prostate cancer. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. After completing medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Lim performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Thomas Hoang works as an urologist in Houston, TX. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Hoang attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Dr. Hoang has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Hoang is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Terry Williams works as an urologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Williams accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Williams is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. Dr. Miles's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Miles 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. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Miles is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Miles attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. David Mobley sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Mobley is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mobley's education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes 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 sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Ruppe's areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, adolescent issues, and osteomyelitis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Ruppe studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She trained at Georgetown University Medical Center for her residency. She has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Ruppe 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's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, kidney stones, and female urologic disorders. Dr. Khavari's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Khavari a rating of 4.5 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. Khavari honors. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Her practice is open to 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 is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Goh include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Goh attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Goh accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. His practice 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's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). 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. Dr. Ekeruo is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ekeruo accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ekeruo attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine.

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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 works as an urologist. Dr. Stewart graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: prostate problems, kidney stones, and nephroscopy. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stewart 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. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She is accepting new patients.

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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's specialties are general internal medicine and adult nephrology. Dr. Suki graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Clinical interests for Dr. Suki include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pancreas transplant. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is 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.