We found 39 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 102 near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Richard Edward Link Jr., BS, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Link specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among Dr. Link's clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Link has an open panel. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Dr. Seth Paul Lerner, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Seth Lerner is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Before completing his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Lerner attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. On average, patients gave Dr. Lerner a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lerner is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Elie N Saber, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 635
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Elie Saber is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saber takes. After completing medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut, he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Saber (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Syed-Shah Rahman Rahman, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Syed Rahman is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rahman graduated from Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and then he performed his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rahman's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Larry I Lipshultz, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Larry Lipshultz, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Lipshultz include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). Dr. Lipshultz is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Lipshultz's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lipshultz is open to new patients.

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Dr. Christopher Henry Kwoh, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1415 La Concha Lane
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Kwoh is a specialist in adult nephrology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Kwoh include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. Dr. Kwoh's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kwoh trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kwoh include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Sreerdhar A Mandayam, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Mandayam graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Clinical interests for Dr. Mandayam include kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. Dr. Mandayam honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mandayam include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mandayam (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Kidney Stones, Dialysis, Kidney Problems

Dr. Mehreen S Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 690
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mehreen Khan is a specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, she performed her residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. Dr. Khan accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. John Pedro Frommer, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Frommer, who practices in Houston, TX and Beaumont, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Frommer is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Frommer graduated from the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Uday M Khosla, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Uday Khosla is a nephrologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khosla include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Khosla completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khosla is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Binh Thai Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1415 La Concha Lane
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Binh Nguyen works as an adult nephrologist. He has a special interest in kidney stones and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Nguyen is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Nguyen attended Eastern Virginia Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Surgical Procedures, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Sejal Pravin Sarolia, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sejal Sarolia's specialty is adult nephrology. After completing medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Dr. Sarolia performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His areas of expertise consist of kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Sarolia has an open panel.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Dialysis

Dr. Bernardino Flores Abaya, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bernardino Abaya's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abaya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Abaya honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Abaya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Mario Assouad, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mario Assouad is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Assouad (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. His areas of expertise include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). After completing medical school at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Assouad's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, HIV/AIDS, Dialysis

Dr. Sai Kaumudi Kaumudi Krishnamurthy, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Saikaumudi Saridey sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Saridey include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Andhra Medical College. Dr. Saridey has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Freemu K Varghese, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Freemu Varghese is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Varghese's areas of expertise include the following: hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and kidney transplant. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Varghese attended medical school at A.P. Singh University, S.S. Medical College. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Varghese's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Hypotension

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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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