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 practices urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Link include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. His education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. 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 is accepting 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. He attended Saint Joseph University of Beirut and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Saber accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. In addition to English, Dr. Saber (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. His 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 Shah Noor Ur Rahman, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Syed Rahman, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Rahman's areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Dr. Rahman 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. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rahman accepts. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Seth Lerner is an oncologist and urologist in Houston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Lerner is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Lerner's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lerner honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lerner has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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. Dr. Frommer graduated from the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. Areas of expertise for Dr. Frommer include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Frommer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is open to 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 works as an urologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Flores-Sandoval has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Flores-Sandoval include bladder cancer, adolescent issues, and laser treatment. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Flores-Sandoval's education and training includes medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Christopher Kwoh is a nephrologist 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. Dr. Kwoh's clinical interests include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. He 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. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Kwoh 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 his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Karen Delhey is an urologist. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. These areas are among Dr. Delhey's clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Delhey has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Delhey is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Memorial Hermann. She has an open panel.

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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 adult nephrologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Khan takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan is accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, Dr. Khan attended Dow Medical College for medical school.

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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. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). Patients gave Dr. Lipshultz an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Lipshultz has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. His 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, who practices in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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. Dr. Khosla honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is accepting 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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Varghese include 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. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Varghese attended medical school at A.P. Singh University, S.S. Medical College. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Varghese's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Robert Light is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Houston, TX. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Light's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Light is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Light attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Rupal Patel's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Steven Canfield specializes in oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Houston, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in robotic radical prostatectomy. Dr. Canfield is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. 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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Dr. Sreerdhar Ammanji Mandayam, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam works as an adult nephrologist in Houston, TX. In his practice, Dr. Mandayam focuses on kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Mandayam graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Mandayam (or staff) speaks 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

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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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