We found 6 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept United Healthcare PPO near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Keith Anthony Hruska, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Keith Hruska specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) and adult transplant hepatology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hruska takes. Dr. Hruska attended Creighton University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for residency. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Kidney Stones, Diabetic Nephropathy, Hyperparathyroidism, Chronic Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Sherburne Figenshau, MD
Specializes in Urologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Urology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Figenshau is a specialist in urologic oncology, surgical oncology (cancer surgery), and pediatric urology. He works in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Figenshau attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. He has indicated that his clinical interests include bladder cancer and minimally invasive surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Figenshau's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Progress West Hospital.

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All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Kidney Stones, Bladder Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Sam B Bhayani, MS, MD
Specializes in Urology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 11c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sam Bhayani specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in kidney cancer, robotic surgery, and prostate cancer. Dr. Bhayani's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Bhayani obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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

Dr. Alana C Desai, MD
Specializes in Urology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alana Desai is an urologist. Dr. Desai is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Endourologic Procedures

Dr. Ramakrishna Venkatesh, MD
Specializes in Urology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 11c
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Ramakrishna Venkatesh's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Before completing his residency at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Dr. Venkatesh attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Venkatesh accepts. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital, and Lexington VA Medical Center.

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

Dr. Anitha Vijayan, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4921 Parkview Place; 5th Floor Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Anitha Vijayan works as an adult nephrologist. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing her residency at Princess Margaret Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Dr. Vijayan attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Acute Kidney Injury, Plasma Exchange, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, ... (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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