We found 39 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 a Houston, TX physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Link include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Link completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Elie Saber is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Saber include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Saber is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Saber is a graduate of Saint Joseph University of Beirut. For his professional training, Dr. Saber completed a residency program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Saber (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French.

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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 physician who specializes in adult nephrology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rahman attended Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and then went on to complete his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. Dr. Rahman's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his 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 a physician who specializes in oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lerner is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before performing his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Lerner attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Lerner has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lerner's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. J. Frommer is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Houston, TX and Beaumont, TX. These areas are among Dr. Frommer's clinical interests: diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Frommer is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Christopher Kwoh is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His clinical interests 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 honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Kwoh attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Kwoh has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Kwoh speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Freemu Varghese is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and kidney transplant. Dr. Varghese is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has an open panel. He graduated from A.P. Singh University, S.S. Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, Dr. Varghese speaks Spanish.

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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 sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialties are general internal medicine and adult nephrology. Dr. Khan's clinical interests include kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Khan attended medical school at Dow Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Khan completed a residency program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport.

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

Dr. Larry Lipshultz's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). Dr. Lipshultz's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Lipshultz has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors 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 professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lipshultz's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Uday Khosla is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khosla's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Khosla's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Rupal Patel's specialty is adult nephrology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Patel attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Sreerdhar Ammanji 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. In his practice, Dr. Mandayam focuses on kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mandayam attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. He has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Mandayam (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. Dr. Mandayam's hospital/clinic 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

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Her medical specialty is adult nephrology. In Dr. Chaudhary's practice, she is particularly interested in kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She attended Aga Khan University Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Chaudhary honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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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 works as a nephrologist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Abaya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Abaya is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Abaya completed a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. His 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 works as an adult nephrologist. Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Assouad include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. 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 takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Assouad is open to 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 specializes in adult nephrology. He has a special interest in kidney stones and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Nguyen is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He is conversant in Vietnamese.

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

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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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