We found 8 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver PPO near Katy, TX.

Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
1331 Grand Parkway; Suite #320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ariel Velasco sees patients in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Velasco's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Velasco takes. Dr. Velasco welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Dr. Velasco completed his residency training at Catholic Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Mukesh Sinha practices adult nephrology. Dr. Sinha's areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and vasculitis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Sinha's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite #308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Shalin Patel works as a nephrologist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and anemia. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Specializes in Urology
23920 Katy Frwy; Suite 380
Katy, TX
 

Dr. David Kent is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Kent's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, prostate problems, and kidney stones. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Kent has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Bladder Cancer, Vasectomy

Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Dieu Ngo is a medical specialist in general surgery. His clinical interests include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Ngo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University, Dr. Ngo attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Ngo is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
21376 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez's medical specialty is family medicine. She has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Alvarez's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, warts, and menopause. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alvarez graduated from Autonomous University of Central America and the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine. She trained at Swedish Covenant Hospital for residency. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Alvarez has an open panel.

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All Interests: Warts, Depression, Amenorrhea, Scoliosis, Kidney Stones, Gallstones, Hypertension, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Thu Lee's specialty is general surgery. Dr. Lee's areas of expertise include the following: amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Lee is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; 308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Rahul Prakash's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Prakash has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Prakash include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Prakash's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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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.

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