We found 37 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 urologist. Dr. Link's clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Link's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Seth Lerner practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Lerner include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lerner graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Saber takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. His education and training includes medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut and residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, Dr. Saber (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Saber is affiliated with Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Syed Rahman is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Rahman has a special interest in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. 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.

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Dr. Mehreen S 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. She graduated from Dow Medical College and then she performed her residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. Dr. Khan's areas of expertise include kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan accepts. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). She 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's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Frommer include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Frommer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Frommer 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. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Larry Lipshultz practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Lipshultz include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Lipshultz has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Binh Nguyen is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Nguyen has a special interest in kidney stones and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts 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. He is conversant in 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. 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. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Kwoh attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. Dr. Kwoh accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Kwoh is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. 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 practices adult nephrology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mandayam include kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Mandayam takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Mandayam attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Mandayam include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mandayam (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Mario Assouad's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He studied medicine at the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Assouad's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. He is especially interested in diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Assouad takes. In addition to English, Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). 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. Uday M Khosla, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Uday Khosla works as a nephrologist. Dr. Khosla's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He 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. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is open to 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 practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and kidney transplant. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After completing medical school at A.P. Singh University, S.S. Medical College, Dr. Varghese performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is 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

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

Dr. Saikaumudi Saridey is a nephrologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Saridey include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Saridey attended medical school at Andhra Medical College. Dr. Saridey has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital. Her practice 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 a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Bernardino Abaya's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Abaya's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). 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 obtained his medical school training at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He 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.

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