We found 11 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Aetna Open Access near Houston, TX.

Alvin C. Goh, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Alvin Goh practices oncology (cancer care) and urology (urinary tract disease). His areas of expertise include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Goh at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Goh attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Goh is open to new patients.

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Dr. David Frank Mobley, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Mobley's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Mobley's clinical interests include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Mobley attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mobley has an open panel.

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Dr. Brian J Miles, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Brian Miles sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Miles is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Miles include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miles honors. He is open to new patients. Dr. Miles is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Miles trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Julie Nicole Stewart, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Stewart is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Stewart include prostate problems, kidney stones, and nephroscopy. Patients gave Dr. Stewart an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Stewart welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Thomas Tran Hoang, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Hoang works as an urologist in Houston, TX. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hoang include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Dr. Hoang is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Hoang is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency.

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Dr. David Joonbeom Lim, MD
Specializes in Urology, Other
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Lim is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, testicular cancer, and prostate cancer. Dr. Lim is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lim takes. He graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lim's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Kidney Stones, Urologic Disorders, Testicular Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Dr. Mary D Ruppe, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mary Ruppe works as an endocrinologist. Dr. Ruppe's areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, adolescent issues, and osteomyelitis. The average patient rating for Dr. Ruppe is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, Dr. Ruppe attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. She has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Dr. Wesley O Ekeruo, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wesley Ekeruo is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Ekeruo's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, male reproductive disorders, and incontinence. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Ekeruo's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ekeruo has an open panel.

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Dr. Rose Khavari, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rose Khavari sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, kidney stones, and female urologic disorders. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Khavari is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Dr. Khavari has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Xishi Tan, MD
Specializes in Urology
1 Baylor Plaza; 404d
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Xishi Tan, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Tan attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Tan include bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Tan is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Wadi N Suki, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wadi Suki is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Suki's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pancreas transplant. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Suki's residency was performed at Parkland Health & Hospital System. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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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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