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We found 5 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze PPO near Killeen, TX.

Dr. Belur Janakray Patel, MPH, MD
Specializes in Urology
2405 S. Clear Creek Road; Suite 350
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Belur Patel's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at Scott and White Healthcare. He has received the distinction of NIH Fellow. He speaks Gujarati. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Penile Cancer, Kidney Stones, Ureter Problems, Kidney Cancer, Pelvic Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Alan Waxman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
2405 S. Clear Creek Road; Suite 350
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Waxman's area of specialization is pediatric urology. Dr. Waxman is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Waxman accepts. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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All Interests: Pyeloplasty, Kidney Stones, Vesicoureteral Reflux, Ureter Problems, Enuresis, Hypospadias

Dr. Kristofer Ross Wagner, MD
Specializes in Urology
2405 S. Clear Creek Road; Suite 350
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Kristofer Wagner practices urology (urinary tract disease). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wagner honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center, Dr. Wagner attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Wagner has received professional recognition including the following: Gerald P. Murphy/Praecis Award, 2004, 2006, 2007; Texas Rising Stars; and Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Cryosurgery, Shock Wave Lithotripsy, Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tony Issac, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2201 South W.s. Young Drive; Suite 101b
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Tony Issac is an adult nephrology specialist in Temple, TX and Killeen, TX. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Issac is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Issac takes.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. Faris Q Hashim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
3801 Scott and White Drive
Killeen, TX
 

Dr. Faris Hashim is a medical specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Hashim is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Customer service is key award (CSK), UFHealth Shands, Gainesville, FL; Awarded grant for poster presentation in NKF meeting, Orlando, FL; and Awarded fellow grant for RRI conference. Dr. Hashim speaks Arabic.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, Kidney Stones, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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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.