We found 7 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept CIGNA EPO near Hinsdale, IL.

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Dr. Bruce Walter Lindgren, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, 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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Dr. Amitkumar Raman Patel, MD
Specializes in Urology
40 S. Clay Street; Suite 200
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Amit Patel's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and incontinence. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Patel attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Patel is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jean O Ung, MD
Specializes in Urology
40 S. Clay Street; Suite 200
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Jean Ung's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Ung include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and infertility. Dr. Ung's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). 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 average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ung welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Olufenwa Milhouse is an urologist. In her practice, Dr. Milhouse focuses on kidney stones, uterine prolapse, and incontinence. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Milhouse is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has an open panel. Before performing her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Milhouse attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school.

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All Interests: Uterine Prolapse, Incontinence, Kidney Stones

Dr. Paul F Merrick, MD
Specializes in Urology
1801 S. Highland Avenue; Suite 220
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Paul Merrick's medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and genitourinary cancer. Dr. Merrick's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Midwest Health, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Merrick honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. His residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center.

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Dr. Ranko Miocinovic, MD
Specializes in Urology
1801 S Highland Avenue; Suite 220
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Ranko Miocinovic's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Miocinovic's clinical interests include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and prostate screening. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Miocinovic's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo, Dr. Miocinovic attended medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine.

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Dr. Ernst W Lisek IV, MD
Specializes in Urology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 310
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Ernst Lisek is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). After completing medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Lisek include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and infertility. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Lisek is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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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