We found 5 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Shield PPO near Sacramento, CA.

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Dr. Brian Kenneth Golden, MD
Specializes in Urology
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Brian Golden is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He has a special interest in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Golden takes. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Golden's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Jonathan Andrew Eandi, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Eandi's specialties are urologic oncology and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He practices in Sacramento, CA. His clinical interests encompass urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Eandi takes. Dr. Eandi studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). Dr. Eandi is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Kadee Elizabeth Thompson, MD
Specializes in Urology
2725 Capitol Avenue; #400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Kadee Thompson is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). She is especially interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. Dr. Thompson is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for residency. Dr. Thompson is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Davis Hospital, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Kirk M Anderson, MD
Specializes in Urology
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Kirk Anderson is an urologist in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Anderson attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is especially interested in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He has an open panel.

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Dr. Kiumars Reza Hekmat, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
2725 Capitol Avenue; Suite 400
Sacramento, CA
 

Dr. Kiumars Hekmat is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He attended medical school at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Hekmat completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. He has a special interest in urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hekmat takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Sacramento Super Doctors. Dr. Hekmat is conversant in Persian. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and Sutter Medical Group (SMG). He is accepting new patients.

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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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