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We found 61 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept United Healthcare Bronze EPO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Richard Link is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Link's education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: 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 accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Link welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Seth Lerner is an oncologist and urologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lerner obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lerner's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Elie Saber practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX. Before completing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Saber attended medical school at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. Dr. Saber's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Saber (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Dr. Saber'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. Syed Shah Noor Ur Rahman, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Syed Rahman is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Rahman's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis for residency. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. His 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's specialty is adult nephrology. He studied medicine at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Frommer trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Frommer speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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 practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Kwoh include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kwoh honors. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kwoh include: 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. Dr. Kwoh welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Glomerulonephritis, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen Ann Delhey, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2030
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Karen Delhey practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Delhey attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. Dr. Delhey is rated highly by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Delhey speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Memorial Hermann. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Stents, Kidney Problems, Ureteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Felipe Nery Flores Sandoval, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Felipe Flores-Sandoval is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Flores-Sandoval is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Flores-Sandoval's clinical interests include bladder cancer, adolescent issues, and laser treatment. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Flores-Sandoval has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Flores-Sandoval welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Tam Viet Ho, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; 690
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tam Ho is an adult nephrologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ho accepts. Dr. Ho attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Ho is conversant in Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure

Dr. Steven Eric Canfield, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Urology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 420
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Steven Canfield's specialties are oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). In Dr. Canfield's practice, he is particularly interested in robotic radical prostatectomy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. His education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Canfield is affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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

Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mandayam include kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. Dr. Mandayam has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mandayam (or staff) speaks 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: 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 an adult nephrology specialist 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. 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. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Khosla's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Freemu Varghese is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Varghese's education and training includes medical school at A.P. Singh University, S.S. Medical College and residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and kidney transplant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Varghese honors. In addition to English, Dr. Varghese speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel 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 honors. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Dr. David Joonbeom Lim, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Lim, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones and prostate cancer. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lim graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Patients gave Dr. Lim an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders, Prostate Cancer

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

Dr. Mario Assouad is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Assouad's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, 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. He graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. In addition to English, Dr. Assouad (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Assouad is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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

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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.