We found 12 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Great-West Healthcare near Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Craig Bradford Langman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
225 E Chicago Avenue; Mail Stop #37
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Craig Langman is a physician who specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Langman speaks French. He has a special interest in osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Before completing his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Langman attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, End-Stage Renal Disease, Kidney Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Ming-Iuan Gong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
225 E. Chicago Avenue; 7th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Edward Gong is a pediatric urology specialist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and New Lenox, IL. In his practice, Dr. Gong focuses on urologic (genitourinary) disorders. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Gong is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Genitourinary Cancer, Kidney Stones, Vesicoureteral Reflux, Ureter Problems, Consultation, Urologic ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Walter Lindgren, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
2300 Children's Plaza; Box 24
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Lindgren is a medical specialist in pediatric urology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lindgren include hydronephrosis and da vinci surgery. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Lindgren is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and St. Alexius Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders, Urologic Surgery, Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, Hernia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Geoffery Engel, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 N Saint Clair Street Ste 20-150; Galter Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Geoffery Engel, who practices in Elk Grove Village, IL, Hoffman Estates, IL, and Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Engel's clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Engel attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Engel has received the distinction of US News Top Doctor. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Transurethral Needle ... (Read more)

Dr. Kent T Perry Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
675 North Saint Clair Street; Galter 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kent Perry's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). 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 obtained his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Perry is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Robert B Nadler, MD
Specializes in Urology
675 North Saint Clair Street; Suite 20-150
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Robert Nadler's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Nadler's areas of expertise consist of robotic partial nephrectomy, kidney stones, and robotic prostatectomy. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency. Dr. Nadler has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nadler honors. Dr. Nadler has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Stephanie J Kielb, MD
Specializes in Urology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 950; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Stephanie Kielb practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Chicago, IL. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Kielb include bladder cancer, spinal cord injuries, and neurogenic bladder. Dr. Kielb 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Kielb graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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

Dr. Gal Finer, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Other
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Gal Finer is a pediatric nephrologist. Dr. Finer graduated from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She trained at Soroka Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency. In her practice, Dr. Finer focuses on kidney problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Finer honors. In addition to English, she speaks Hebrew. Dr. Finer is affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Kidney Problems, Plasmapheresis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel P Dalton, MD
Specializes in Urology
676 N Saint Clair Street, Suite 1835; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Daniel Dalton's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Dalton's professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Dalton accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Debora Matossian, MS, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Debora Matossian is a Chicago, IL physician who specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). For her professional training, Dr. Matossian completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her practice, Dr. Matossian focuses on kidney problems. Dr. Matossian is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Matossian is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jawad Munir, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
210 S. Des Plaines
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Jawad Munir's specialty is adult nephrology. His education and training includes medical school at Nishtar Medical College and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Munir's clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Munir (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Dennis A Pessis, MD
Specializes in Urology
1725 W Harrison St :; Suite 970
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Dennis Pessis is an urologist in Lake Forest, IL and Chicago, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pessis include bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), and kidney stones. Dr. Pessis is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and Rush Oak Park Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Pessis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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