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We found 9 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Aetna Open Access near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Brian Miles is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Miles include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Miles is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Miles is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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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). Dr. Mobley's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Patient ratings for Dr. Mobley average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Mobley attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mobley's practice is open to new patients.

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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' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Williams's education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. These areas are among his clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. On average, patients gave him 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. Williams takes. Dr. Williams has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Williams is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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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 attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Medical Center for residency. She is especially interested in kidney stones, adolescent issues, and osteomyelitis. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ruppe takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ruppe include: 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 is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX. She is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khavari include prostate problems, kidney stones, and female urologic disorders. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khavari honors. She is accepting new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khavari has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Dr. Alvin C.C. Goh, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Goh works as an urologist in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Goh's clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Goh is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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). 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 professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ekeruo is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He welcomes new patients. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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

Dr. Wadi Suki's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and adult nephrology; he sees patients in Houston, TX. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Parkland Health & Hospital System's residency program. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pancreas transplant. Patient ratings for Dr. Suki average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Suki is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Dr. Julie Nicole Stewart, MD, BA
Specializes in Urology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Stewart specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Houston, TX. She is rated highly by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Stewart include prostate problems, kidney stones, and nephroscopy. Dr. Stewart's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Stewart's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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.