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

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). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Dr. Baum honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Baum attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He 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, who practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include kidney stones, female urologic disorders, and infertility. Dr. Boon has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Boon has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Boon's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his 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 practices urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among Dr. Nickell's clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For his professional training, Dr. Nickell completed residency programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Nickell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Circumcision, Urodynamic Testing, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Paolo Champion, who practices in Houston, TX, Richmond, TX, and Sugar Land, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He 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 clinical interests include bladder cancer, peyronie's disease (penile curvature), and erectile dysfunction (impotence). Dr. Champion has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Champion accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Champion welcomes new patients.

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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 specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Schiffman include bladder cancer, sexual dysfunction, and kidney stones. Dr. Schiffman's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Schiffman is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Mayer attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency 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 takes. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 general surgery specialist in Katy, TX, Stafford, TX, and Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Ngo honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Ngo is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Steven Maislos is an urologist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and SUNY Upstate Medical University. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, nephroscopy, and laser treatment. Patient reviews placed Dr. Maislos at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for 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. Dr. Maislos is accepting new patients.

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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 medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Hoang include sexual dysfunction, kidney stones, and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, he 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. 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.

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

Dr. Lei Chu is an urologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Chu include bladder cancer, male infertility, and kidney stones. Dr. Chu honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chu trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for her residency. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Alvin Goh's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goh include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Goh a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Goh honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He 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 an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Ekeruo include kidney stones, male reproductive disorders, and incontinence. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ekeruo takes. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ekeruo's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Sejal Pravin Sarolia, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Nephrology
1250 Creekway Drive; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sejal Sarolia's specialties are general internal medicine and adult nephrology. His areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sarolia attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for his residency. Dr. Sarolia has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.