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We found 11 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO near Sugar Land, TX.

Dr. Uday Mohan Khosla, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Uday Khosla practices adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khosla include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Khosla is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Khosla is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Rupal Patel is an adult nephrology specialist. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Humaira Khawaja Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1111 Highway; 6 Ste 174
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary works as an adult nephrologist. Dr. Chaudhary's areas of expertise include kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Her education and training includes medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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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 is a nephrologist. She studied medicine at Medical University of Lublin. Dr. Baranowska-Daca's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Polish. Dr. Baranowska-Daca is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. John Reynolds Boon, MD
Specializes in Urology
16651 Southwest Freeway; Suite 310
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. John Boon's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Boon average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Boon's areas of expertise include kidney stones, female urologic disorders, and infertility. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Boon's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Boon is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Spencer Su practices general internal medicine and adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Su is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is open to new patients. Dr. Su graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Urology
1327 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 500
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Steven Maislos' specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Maislos average 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Maislos include bladder cancer, nephroscopy, and laser treatment. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Maislos is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He 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. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), and ureteroscopy. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Mayer attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Lei Chu practices urology (urinary tract disease). She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Areas of expertise for Dr. Chu include bladder cancer, male infertility, and kidney stones. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Chu welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Nephrology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Medical Office Building 3, Suite 420
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Premal Joshi's specialties are general internal medicine and adult nephrology. He practices in Sugar Land, TX. He is a graduate of Medical College Baroda. Dr. Joshi's areas of expertise consist of kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Nephrology
1250 Creekway Drive; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sejal Sarolia practices general internal medicine and adult nephrology. In Dr. Sarolia's practice, he is particularly interested in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Sarolia has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

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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.