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We found 6 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Cigna FocusIn Flex Silver 5000 near Plano, TX.

Dr. Jun Chen, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Jun Chen is an adult nephrologist. Her clinical interests include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Chen is a graduate of Peking University Health Science Center. Dr. Chen completed her residency training at Peking University Health Science Center. She is conversant in Mandarin. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. David Raymond Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
601 Westpark Way; Suite B
Euless, TX
 

Dr. David Martin, who practices in Euless, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and Arlington, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Martin's areas of expertise include kidney stones, metabolic bone disease, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In addition to English, he speaks Navajo. Dr. Martin's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Metabolic Bone Disease, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ravi Kanth Mootha, MD
Specializes in Urology
2821 E President George Bush H; Suite 305
Richardson, TX
 

Dr. Ravi Mootha's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mootha include kidney stones, incontinence, and robotic prostatectomy. Dr. Mootha's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mootha accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

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Dr. Nancy Young Kim, MD
Specializes in Urology
4700 Alliance Boulevard
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Nancy Kim sees patients in Plano, TX. Her medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). In Dr. Kim's practice, she is particularly interested in kidney stones, urologic (genitourinary) cancer, and incontinence. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Kim attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Infertility

Dr. Michael Gerard Wierschem, MD
Specializes in Urology
1220 Coit Road; #107
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Michael Wierschem is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Plano, TX and McKinney, TX. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, incontinence, and laser treatment. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wierschem graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. Vairavan Saravanan Subramanian Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
4708 Alliance Boulevard, Pavillion I; Suite 685
Plano, TX
 

Dr. Vairavan Subramanian's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). He speaks Tamil. Clinical interests for Dr. Subramanian include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Subramanian is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Subramanian attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Subramanian has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He has an open panel.

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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.