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We found 62 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 urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Link's areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Link is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Seth Lerner sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lerner's clinical interests include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lerner honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is open to new patients. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Lerner has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Elie Nagib Saber, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Elie Saber specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Saber's clinical interests: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Patient ratings for Dr. Saber average 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saber accepts. Before performing his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Saber attended Saint Joseph University of Beirut for medical school. Dr. Saber (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann, Park Plaza Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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 specializes in adult nephrology. His clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. Dr. Rahman is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) and residency at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis. Dr. Rahman takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He 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, who practices in Houston, TX and Beaumont, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Frommer is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Frommer is open to new patients. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 is an adult nephrology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kwoh attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received distinctions including 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. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Karen Delhey sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Delhey is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Delhey has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Delhey's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and Memorial Hermann. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Uday Khosla practices adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khosla include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Khosla is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. 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 professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Larry Lipshultz, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lipshultz studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Lipshultz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lipshultz is open to 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 is a physician who specializes in oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Canfield has indicated that his clinical interests include robotic radical prostatectomy. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 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 is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Mandayam is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. Dr. Mandayam trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. He has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mandayam (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi.

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

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

Dr. Freemu Varghese works as an adult nephrologist in Houston, TX. He has a special interest in hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and kidney transplant. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Varghese graduated from A.P. Singh University, S.S. Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Varghese is professionally affiliated with 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. Mehreen Sohban 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. Patients gave Dr. Khan an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Khan attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport for residency. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. She is accepting 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's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, adolescent issues, and laser treatment. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Flores-Sandoval takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. After completing medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Flores-Sandoval has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Tam Ho sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ho include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Ho is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ho takes. Dr. Ho is open to new patients. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Vietnamese.

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

Dr. Samuel Labib Attia, MD
Specializes in Urology
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Samuel Attia practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX and Pasadena, TX. He studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Attia include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Patients gave him an average rating of 1.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Attia's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He has an open panel.

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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.