We found 2 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana Silver HMO near Nassau Bay, TX.
Dr. Henry Muniz is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Baytown, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Muniz include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Muniz's practice is open to new patients.
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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Kidney Stones, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)
Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Agraharkar include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Agraharkar accepts. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Osmania Medical College.
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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Hypotension, Dialysis
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.