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

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

Dr. Ariel Velasco practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Velasco's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is a graduate of Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and a graduate of Catholic Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Velasco's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Mukesh Sinha works as a nephrologist. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and vasculitis. Dr. Sinha accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sinha's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Shalin Patel specializes in adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and anemia. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. David Kent specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and kidney stones. Dr. Kent'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 Gold, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Kent's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Kent has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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

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

Dr. Dieu Ngo's specialty is general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Ngo include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ngo is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He trained at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. Dr. Ngo is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Family Medicine
21376 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez works as a family practitioner. After attending Autonomous University of Central America for medical school, she completed her residency training at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Dr. Alvarez's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, warts, and menopause. Patient ratings for Dr. Alvarez average 2.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Alvarez is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Rahul Prakash is an adult nephrologist. He attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Prakash's clinical interests include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Prakash average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Prakash is accepting new patients.

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

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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Lee is accepting new patients. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine.

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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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