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 practices adult nephrology. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Patel's office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX, Lack Jackson, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Baranowska-Daca studied medicine at Medical University of Lublin. Clinical interests for Dr. Baranowska-Daca include kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Polish. Dr. Baranowska-Daca is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Chaudhary is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chaudhary is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Wesley Mayer specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mayer completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Mayer include kidney stones, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), and ureteroscopy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mayer accepts. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist.

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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 medical specialty is family medicine and sports medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Brown average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, depression, and adolescent issues. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brown studied medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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

Dr. Dieu Ngo is a medical specialist in general surgery. His clinical interests include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Ngo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University, Dr. Ngo attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Ngo is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Urology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Lei Chu works as an urologist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Chu trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Clinical interests for Dr. Chu include bladder cancer, male infertility, and kidney stones. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Chu welcomes new patients.

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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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