We found 7 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Aetna Gold EPO near Sugar Land, TX.

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Dr. Rupal S Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Rupal Patel's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Elzbieta Janina Baranowska Daca, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Elzbieta Baranowska-Daca practices adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Baranowska-Daca studied medicine at Medical University of Lublin. Dr. Baranowska-Daca is conversant in Polish. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Wesley Adam Mayer, MD
Specializes in Urology
1327 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 305
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Wesley Mayer is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Mayer's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), and ureteroscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mayer attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
15200 Southwest Freeway; Suite 310
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chaudhary include kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She welcomes new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Chaudhary attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Dialysis

Dr. Lei Chu, MD
Specializes in Urology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Lei Chu is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chu include bladder cancer, male infertility, and kidney stones. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)'s residency program. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Frederick Anthony Brown, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Frederick Brown's specialties are family medicine and sports medicine. He graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brown include warts, depression, and adolescent issues. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Brown takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Dr. Dieu rick Quang Rick Ngo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
13811 Murphy Road
Stafford, TX
 

Dr. Dieu Ngo's specialty is general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ngo include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ngo accepts. Dr. Ngo is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University.

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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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