We found 13 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept First Health PPO near Sugar Land, TX.

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

Dr. Lawrence Baum's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Baum include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Baum attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Baum has an open panel.

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

Dr. John Boon, who practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Boon include kidney stones, female urologic disorders, and infertility. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Boon's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Boon average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Kevin Nickell's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated Dr. Nickell 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. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Nickell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: 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's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Champion's clinical interests: bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Champion is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency.

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

Dr. Zui Schiffman is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Schiffman attended medical school at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schiffman is accepting 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 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. 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
1327 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 500
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Steven Maislos is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Maislos include bladder cancer, nephroscopy, and laser treatment. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Maislos welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Dr. An Ngoc Hoang, MD
Specializes in Urology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 250
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. An Hoang is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: sexual dysfunction, kidney stones, and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Hoang studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hoang completed his residency training at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hoang honors.

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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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Dr. Alvin C.C. Goh, MD
Specializes in Urology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Goh practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Goh include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Goh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Goh is open to new patients.

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Dr. Wesley O Ekeruo, MD
Specializes in Urology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Wesley Ekeruo is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Patients rated Dr. Ekeruo highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ekeruo include kidney stones, male reproductive disorders, and incontinence. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ekeruo is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Sejal Sarolia specializes in general internal medicine and adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He has a special interest in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. Dr. Sarolia accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Sarolia attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Sarolia 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.

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