We found 6 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Chicago, IL.

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Kent T. Perry Jr., MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
675 N Saint Clair Street; Ste 20-150 Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kent Perry specializes in general practice and urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Maywood, IL and Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Perry graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Perry completed a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Perry has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Genitourinary Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Robert B. Nadler, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology
average rating 2.68 stars (4 ratings)
675 N Saint Clair Street; Ste 20-150 Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Nadler's areas of specialization are general practice and urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Nadler is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include robotic partial nephrectomy, kidney stones, and robotic prostatectomy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nadler takes. Dr. Nadler attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Nadler's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwest Hospital, and Northwestern Medical Group (NMG). His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Robotic Prostatectomy, Minimally ... (Read more)

Stephanie J Kielb, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 2.49 stars (8 ratings)
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 950 Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Kielb specializes in general practice, urology (urinary tract disease), and obstetrics & gynecology and practices in Chicago, IL. Dr. Kielb has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Kielb include bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Kielb attended the University of Michigan Medical School.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Genitourinary Cancer, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dennis A. Pessis, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology
average rating 4.5 stars (1 rating)
1725 W Harrison St :; Suite 970
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Pessis works as a general practitioner and urologist in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Rush Oak Park Hospital. Dr. Pessis's education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Rush University Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pessis takes. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy, Vasectomy Reversal, Kidney Cancer, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel P. Dalton M.D.
Specializes in Urology
average rating 4.16 stars (9 ratings)
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1835
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Dalton is an urologist. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His areas of expertise consist of bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Dalton's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Dalton is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Jawad Munir M.D
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
210 S. Des Plaines
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jawad Munir is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Chicago, IL and Libertyville, IL. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Munir's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. After attending Nishtar Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerular Diseases, Wounds, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Cancer, ... (Read more)

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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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