We found 7 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Libertyville, IL.

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Dr. Nejd F Alsikafi, MD
Specializes in Urology
151 W Golf Road
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Nejd Alsikafi specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Gurnee, IL, Libertyville, IL, and Glenview, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, minimally invasive surgery, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alsikafi honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). Dr. Alsikafi has an open panel.

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

Dr. John E Milner, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. John Milner specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Milner include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and kidney cancer. Dr. Milner's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Milner's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba.

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All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Genitourinary Cancer, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua Robert Trob, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1272 American Way
Libertyville, IL
 

Dr. Joshua Trob is a Libertyville, IL physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Trob's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Trob is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Vista Health System, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis

Dr. Steven E Mutchnik, MD
Specializes in Urology
800 N. Westmoreland Road; Suite 200
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. Steven Mutchnik is an urologist in Skokie, IL, Lake Forest, IL, and Glenview, IL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Mutchnik attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He is especially interested in kidney stones, incontinence, and laparoscopic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Mutchnik is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Jawad Munir, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1272 American Way
Libertyville, 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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Dr. Dennis A Pessis, MD
Specializes in Urology
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 128
Lake Forest, 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)

Dr. H Merrill Matschke, MD
Specializes in Urology
900 N Westmoreland Road; Suite 228
Lake Forest, IL
 

Dr. H. Matschke is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Matschke has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Matschke include kidney stones, infertility, and testosterone replacement therapy. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Matschke has an open panel.

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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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