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Mrs Humaira Khawaja Chaudhary MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1690 W Baker Road; Suite A
Baytown, TX

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary is a specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Chaudhary's areas of expertise consist of kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chaudhary accepts. She attended Aga Khan University Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Chaudhary has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX

Dr. Billy Gilbert practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Gilbert accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health. Dr. Gilbert has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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Specializes in Transplant Medicine, Adult Nephrology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX

Dr. Sarah Shearer specializes in transplant medicine and adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Pearland, TX. Her areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shearer obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Shearer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX

Dr. June Yao is an adult nephrologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Yao's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health. Her education and training includes medical school at Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhongshan School of Medicine and residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yao honors. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX

Dr. Jennifer Finch, who practices in Houston, TX, Pasadena, TX, and Pearland, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Finch include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Finch is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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Specializes in Transplant Medicine, Adult Nephrology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX

Dr. Henry Muniz's specialties are transplant medicine and adult nephrology. He practices in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Pasadena, TX. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Muniz is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Muniz has an open panel. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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Mrs Katherine S Timmins MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX

Dr. Katherine Timmins is a specialist in adult nephrology. She works in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Webster, TX. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Timmins include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Timmins takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Timmins has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Manisha Chandalia MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
Average rating 3.68 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
4201 Garth Road; Suite 313
Baytown, TX

Dr. Manisha Chandalia is an adult endocrinology specialist in Webster, TX and Baytown, TX. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), thyroid problems, and kidney stones. Dr. Chandalia is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chandalia's office for an appointment. She studied medicine at Topiwala National Medical College.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, TX

Dr. Aashish Pandya practices adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Pandya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Pandya is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Pandya attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health. Dr. Pandya is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
4665 Garth Road; Suite 900
Baytown, TX

Dr. Tahir Hafeez is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Hafeez's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and CHI St. Luke's Health - Patients Medical Center. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Hafeez is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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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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