We found 8 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Katy, TX.

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

Dr. Ariel Velasco's specialty is adult nephrology. The average patient rating for Dr. Velasco is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Velasco takes. His education and training includes medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and residency at Catholic Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Velasco is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. Dr. Velasco is accepting 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 medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and vasculitis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sinha is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Dr. Sinha's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He welcomes 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 is a specialist in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and anemia. Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Dieu rick Quang Rick Ngo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 410
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Dieu Ngo is a medical specialist in general surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Ngo include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Ngo's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Ngo's training includes residency programs at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus and St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez is a family medicine physician in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Alvarez include knee problems, warts, and menopause. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. She is a graduate of Autonomous University of Central America and a graduate of Swedish Covenant Hospital's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Alvarez is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Alvarez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kent include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Kent is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Kent takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Thu Ha Liz Lee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 410
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Thu Lee is a medical specialist in general surgery. Her areas of expertise include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee honors. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Her practice 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 practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Cypress, TX. Dr. Prakash's areas of expertise include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Prakash honors. He attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. His professional affiliations include 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

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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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