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We found 36 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 102 near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Richard Link is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Link's areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Link 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. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Seth Lerner sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lerner's clinical interests include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lerner honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is open to new patients. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Lerner has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Elie Nagib Saber, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Elie Saber specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Saber's clinical interests: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Patient ratings for Dr. Saber average 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saber accepts. Before performing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Saber attended Saint Joseph University of Beirut for medical school. Dr. Saber (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann, Park Plaza Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Syed Rahman specializes in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. Dr. Rahman is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. Dr. Rahman takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is accepting 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. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Frommer is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Frommer is open to new patients. He attended the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, Dialysis

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

Dr. Christopher Kwoh is an adult nephrology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kwoh attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Kwoh speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Mandayam is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. Dr. Mandayam trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. He has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mandayam (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Uday Khosla practices adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khosla include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Khosla is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khosla is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Freemu Varghese works as an adult nephrologist in Houston, TX. He has a special interest in hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and kidney transplant. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Varghese graduated from A.P. Singh University, S.S. Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Varghese is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Rupal S Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1180
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rupal Patel is an adult nephrology specialist. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Mario Assouad's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Assouad accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Mehreen Sohban Khan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 690
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mehreen Khan's specialties are general internal medicine and adult nephrology. Patients gave Dr. Khan an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Khan attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport for residency. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Humaira Khawaja Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4407 Yoakum Boulevard; Suite B
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary works as an adult nephrologist. Dr. Chaudhary's areas of expertise include kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Her education and training includes medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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

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). His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lipshultz studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Lipshultz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lipshultz is open to new patients.

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Dr. Juan Jorge Olivero Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite #2206
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juan Olivero's specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and ultrasound (sonogram). Dr. Olivero is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Saikaumudi Saridey specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Saridey's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Saridey is open to new patients. She graduated from Andhra Medical College. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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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.