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We found 34 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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Link include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Link honors. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Link has an open panel.

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

Dr. Elie Saber's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Saber (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Saber graduated from Saint Joseph University of Beirut. For his professional training, Dr. Saber completed a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting 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 is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and a graduate of St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis' residency program. In Dr. Rahman's practice, he is particularly interested in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rahman's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Seth Lerner is an oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. 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. Dr. Lerner's clinical interests include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lerner accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. J. Frommer practices adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Frommer include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Frommer honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He attended medical school at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Frommer trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for his residency. 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's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. Dr. Kwoh is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Kwoh has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kwoh's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Freemu Varghese sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Varghese's clinical interests encompass hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and kidney transplant. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at A.P. Singh University, S.S. Medical College, he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Varghese is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Mehreen Khan is a general internist and nephrologist. Her areas of expertise include kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Khan is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She obtained her medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed her residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Khan has an open panel.

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

Dr. Larry Lipshultz is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). Dr. Lipshultz's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lipshultz is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam works as a nephrologist. His education and training includes medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In his practice, he is particularly interested in kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. Dr. Mandayam accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Mandayam's distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mandayam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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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 is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Khosla attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khosla honors 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. Rupal S Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1180
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rupal Patel is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Patel graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Mario Assouad's specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Assouad include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Assouad takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. 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. Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Assouad is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Binh Nguyen's specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Nguyen include kidney stones and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). In addition to English, he speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen's professional affiliations include 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. Humaira Khawaja Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. In her practice, Dr. Chaudhary focuses on kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. Dr. Chaudhary's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Chaudhary studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for her residency.

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

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

Dr. Bernardino Abaya is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abaya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Abaya completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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.