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Dr. Ira Marc Epstein, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Ira Epstein is an adult nephrology specialist in North Richland Hills, TX and Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Epstein is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Cooper University Hospital's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Epstein include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. The average patient rating for Dr. Epstein is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City North Hills, Medical City Fort Worth, and Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Epstein has an open panel.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. David Raymond Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. David Martin, who practices in Euless, TX, Fort Worth, TX, and Bedford, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise consist of kidney stones, metabolic bone diseases, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Martin takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for his residency. He speaks Navajo. Dr. Martin is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, and Texas Health Fort Worth. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Metabolic Bone Diseases, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. David Randall Rittenhouse, DO
Specializes in Urology
1001 12th Ave St 140; Fort
Worth, TX

Dr. David Rittenhouse's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Rittenhouse's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and atrophic vaginitis. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Huguley Hospital, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Rittenhouse attended medical school at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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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