We found 6 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Chicago, IL.

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Kent T Perry Jr MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
675 North Saint Clair Street; Galter 20-150
Chicago, IL

Dr. Kent Perry's specialties are general practice and urology (urinary tract disease). He practices in Maywood, IL and Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Perry include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Perry is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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

Robert B Nadler MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology
Average rating 2.68 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL

Dr. Robert Nadler is a general practitioner and urologist. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Nadler attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Nadler is especially interested in robotic partial nephrectomy, kidney stones, and robotic prostatectomy. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Nadler is professionally affiliated with 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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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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

Stephanie J Kielb MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Average rating 2.49 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
680 N Lake Shore Drive; Suite 1000
Chicago, IL

Dr. Stephanie Kielb is a general practitioner, urologist, and obstetrician and gynecologist in Chicago, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Kielb include bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. The average patient rating for Dr. Kielb is 2.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kielb welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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

Dennis A Pessis MD
Specializes in General Practice, Urology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1725 W Harrison Street; Professional Building, Suite 762
Chicago, IL

Dr. Dennis Pessis' specialties are general practice and urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Pessis include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Pessis studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Pessis's residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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

Dr Daniel P Dalton MD
Specializes in Urology
Average rating 4.16 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
676 N Saint Clair Street; Suite 1835
Chicago, IL

Dr. Daniel Dalton is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Dalton obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Dalton has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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

Jawad Munir MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
210 S. Desplaines Street; 1st Floor
Chicago, IL

Dr. Jawad Munir's area of specialization is adult nephrology. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Munir attended Nishtar Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Munir (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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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