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

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. Patient ratings for Dr. Velasco average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He has an open panel. Dr. Velasco graduated from Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and then he performed his residency at Catholic Medical Center. Dr. Velasco is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Mukesh Sinha's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and vasculitis. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Sinha attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sinha is open to new patients.

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Dr. David Scott Kent, MD
Specializes in Urology
23920 Katy Frwy; Suite 380
Katy, TX
 

Dr. David Kent practices urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Kent include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and kidney stones. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kent takes. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Kent's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21376 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez works as a family medicine physician. Dr. Alvarez's education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Central America and the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine and residency at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Her clinical interests include knee problems, warts, and menopause. She has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Alvarez is open to new patients.

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Dr. Dieu rick Rick Quang Rick Ngo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Dieu Ngo is a general surgery specialist in Katy, TX, Stafford, TX, and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Ngo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Ngo is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his 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 nephrology specialist in Katy, TX, Houston, TX, and Cypress, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and anemia. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Patel's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Thu Ha Liz Lee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 560a
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Thu Lee works as a general surgeon in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Lee is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Lee welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Rahul Prakash sees patients in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Cypress, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prakash include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Prakash honors. He is accepting new patients. He studied medicine at 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.