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Dr. Nejd F Alsikafi, MD
Specializes in Urology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Nejd Alsikafi, who practices in Gurnee, IL, Libertyville, IL, and Glenview, IL, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Patients rated Dr. Alsikafi highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alsikafi accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Urologic Surgery, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Urethral Stricture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Walter Lindgren, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Lindgren is a physician who specializes in pediatric urology. These areas are among his clinical interests: hydronephrosis, laparoscopic surgery, and da vinci surgery. Dr. Lindgren is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and St. Alexius Medical Center. After attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. The average patient rating for Dr. Lindgren is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lindgren honors Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. David J Leehey, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. David Leehey works as a nephrologist in Maywood, IL. In his practice, Dr. Leehey focuses on kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. His professional affiliations include Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Michael Reese Hospital. Dr. Leehey is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Dialysis, Kidney Problems

Dr. Amitkumar Raman Patel, MD
Specializes in Urology
40 S. Clay Street; Suite 200
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Amit Patel sees patients in Lombard, IL, Hinsdale, IL, and Winfield, IL. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and incontinence. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Patel attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Patel accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Genitourinary Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kent T Perry Jr., MD
Specializes in Urology
2160 S 1st Avenue; 101-1740 Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Kent Perry's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Perry include kidney stones, prostate surgery, and kidney cancer. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Perry has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Karen A Griffin, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Karen Griffin is an adult nephrologist. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Griffin trained at Rush University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Griffin include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Griffin is affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ahmer V Farooq, DO
Specializes in Urology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Ahmer Farooq is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Farooq include kidney stones and robotic surgery. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Midwestern University. Dr. Farooq completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Farooq (or staff) is conversant in Urdu and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey D Branch, MD
Specializes in Urology
2160 S First Avenue; (17w740 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace, Il. 60181)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Branch is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Branch's areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Oakbrook Terrace North.

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All Interests: Bladder Cancer, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Vasectomy Reversal, Laparoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Maynard Tucker Turk, MD
Specializes in Urology
2160 S First Avenue; (300 N. York Road, Elmhurst, Il. 60128)
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Turk's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Turk include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), kidney stones, and urinary tract infection (UTI). He is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Turk attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for residency. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Holly J Mattix-Kramer, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 S First Avenue; 101-1740 Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Holly Kramer sees patients in Maywood, IL. Her medical specialty is adult nephrology. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. In her practice, Dr. Kramer focuses on kidney stones. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Kidney Problems

Dr. Jean O Ung, MD
Specializes in Urology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 310
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Jean Ung is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist. Dr. Ung is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and infertility. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ung accepts. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Ung completed residency programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ung's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Ung is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Infertility, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anis A Rauf, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
911 N Elm Street; Suite 102
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Anis Rauf's area of specialization is adult nephrology. In Dr. Rauf's practice, he is particularly interested in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hemodialysis. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rauf attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rauf (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Hemodialysis, Kidney Problems, Peritoneal Dialysis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kavitha Vellanki, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Kavitha Vellanki's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Vellanki's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at Siddhartha Medical College and residency at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Dr. Vellanki (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Pregnancy, Hemodialysis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Olufenwa Famakinwa Milhouse, MD
Specializes in Urology
40 S. Clay Street; Suite 200
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Olufenwa Milhouse is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Lombard, IL, Lisle, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Milhouse include kidney stones, uterine prolapse, and incontinence. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Milhouse has an open panel.

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All Interests: Uterine Prolapse, Incontinence, Kidney Stones

Dr. Julia Schneider, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Julia Schneider is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Schneider's education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, she speaks Russian. Dr. Schneider's professional affiliations include Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal ... (Read more)

Dr. Anuradha Wadhwa, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2160 S 1st Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Anuradha Wadhwa's area of specialization is adult nephrology. She studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. Her areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Wadhwa honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wadhwa is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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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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