We found 66 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 an urologist. These areas are among Dr. Link's clinical interests: 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. He studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Link trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Elie Saber specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Saber is an in-network provider for 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. After attending Saint Joseph University of Beirut for medical school, Dr. Saber completed his residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In addition to English, Dr. Saber (or staff) speaks 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 practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA), he performed his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. Dr. Rahman is especially interested in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Rahman is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Seth Lerner's areas of specialization are oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Patients gave Dr. Lerner an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lerner has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lerner welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Felipe Flores-Sandoval is an urologist. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, adolescent issues, and laser treatment. Dr. Flores-Sandoval is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Flores-Sandoval is a graduate of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Flores-Sandoval is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. J. Frommer's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Frommer is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Frommer include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. 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. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Frommer has an open panel.

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

Dr. Christopher Kwoh's specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kwoh include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. Dr. Kwoh is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kwoh's medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kwoh include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Kwoh speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Karen Delhey's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Delhey attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Her clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. On average, patients gave Dr. Delhey a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Delhey has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Delhey welcomes 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's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He is a graduate of A.P. Singh University, S.S. Medical College and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's residency program. Dr. Varghese's areas of expertise include hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and kidney transplant. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Varghese's professional affiliations include 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 practices general internal medicine and adult nephrology in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Khan include kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, Dr. Khan attended Dow Medical College for medical school. Dr. Khan's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Larry Lipshultz is an urologist in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lipshultz is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed Dr. Lipshultz at an average of 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Uday Khosla is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khosla 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. Khosla accepts. 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 affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Robert Alan Light, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Robert Light works as an urologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Light obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Light has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; 690
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tam Ho's area of specialization is adult nephrology. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Ho's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ho attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is conversant in Vietnamese.

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

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

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

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

Dr. Steven Canfield is a specialist in oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Canfield has a special interest in robotic radical prostatectomy. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Canfield takes. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Canfield attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann.

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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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