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We found 6 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 50/5000 near The Woodlands, TX.

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Dr. Christopher Henry Kwoh, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1111 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Kwoh specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Dr. Kwoh is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Kwoh speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Glomerulonephritis, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Roy Lippman, MD
Specializes in Urology
17198 St Lukes Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Howard Lippman is an urologist. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Lippman accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University Health System for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Steven Wayne Sukin, MD
Specializes in Urology
17198 St Lukes Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Steven Sukin is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: male infertility, robotic radical prostatectomy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Sukin graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Sukin has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Texas Oncology.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Male Infertility, Vasectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Humaira Khawaja Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, 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. Clyde Leland Corey, MD
Specializes in Urology
1011 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Clyde Corey is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Corey's professional affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Male Infertility, Lithotripsy, Radical ... (Read more)

Dr. Ajay Kwatra, MD
Specializes in Urology
9305 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 104
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ajay Kwatra's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kwatra takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Urodynamic Testing, Kidney Stones, Cancer, Radical Prostatectomy, Robotic Surgery

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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.