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We found 22 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Sugar Land, TX.

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

Dr. Uday Khosla specializes in adult nephrology. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Khosla's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Khosla's office for an appointment.

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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 in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is open to new patients. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary is an adult nephrologist. Her areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Chaudhary attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for her residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chaudhary accepts. Dr. Chaudhary is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Lawrence Owen Iii Baum III, MD
Specializes in Urology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 250
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Lawrence Baum is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Baum's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Dr. Spencer Henry Su, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Spencer Su's specialties are general internal medicine and adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Su is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Su's practice is open to new patients. He 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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Dr. Elzbieta Janina Baranowska Daca, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Elzbieta Baranowska-Daca's specialty is adult nephrology. In addition to English, she speaks Polish. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Baranowska-Daca's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She studied medicine at Medical University of Lublin. Dr. Baranowska-Daca is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Kevin Guy Nickell, MD
Specializes in Urology
16605 Southwest Freeway; #250
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Kevin Nickell specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Nickell include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Nickell's medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Nickell has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Paolo Charles Champion, MD
Specializes in Urology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 250
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Paolo Champion is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Champion is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Champion include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Champion attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He welcomes 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 area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Boon's areas of expertise include kidney stones, female urologic disorders, and infertility. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Boon's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Boon attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Boon has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Dr. Zvi J Schiffman, MD
Specializes in Urology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 250
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Zui Schiffman's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Schiffman include bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. The average patient rating for Dr. Schiffman is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He graduated from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Schiffman's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Zachary Robert Mucher, MD
Specializes in Urology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Zachary Mucher is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Wharton, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mucher include peyronie's disease (penile curvature), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Mucher takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Mucher is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Henry Thanh Pham, MD
Specializes in Urology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Henry Pham's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), and tumor. Dr. Pham is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Pham's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Dieu Ngo practices general surgery. Dr. Ngo is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston and a hospital affiliated with Temple University. These areas are among his clinical interests: amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ngo honors. Dr. Ngo is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Steven Daniel Maislos, MD
Specializes in Urology
1327 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 500
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Steven Maislos practices urology (urinary tract disease). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Maislos's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, nephroscopy, and laser treatment. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maislos honors. Dr. Maislos is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to 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 works as an urologist. His clinical interests include kidney stones, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), and ureteroscopy. Dr. Mayer takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mayer attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. 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 areas of specialization are family medicine and sports medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Brown's clinical interests include warts, depression, and adolescent issues. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Brown is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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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.