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We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Advantage Silver HMO 004 near Katy, TX.

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Dr. Ariel Morales Velasco, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
1331 Grand Parkway; Suite #320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ariel Velasco's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Velasco speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. After completing medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, he performed his residency at Catholic Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Velasco an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Velasco is open to new patients.

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Dr. Mukesh Kumar Sinha, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Mukesh Sinha is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and vasculitis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sinha accepts. Dr. Sinha attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sinha's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Shalin Dinesh Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite #308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Shalin Patel is an adult nephrologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and anemia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Dr. Rahul Prakash, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; 308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Rahul Prakash practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Cypress, TX. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Prakash's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Prakash's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, 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.