We found 64 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept United Healthcare Bronze EPO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Richard Edward Link, BS, PhD, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Link practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. He obtained his medical school training at Stanford University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). Dr. Link is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center. Dr. Link welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Seth Paul Lerner, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Seth Lerner sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Before performing his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Lerner attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Lerner's clinical interests: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lerner honors. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Syed-Shah Rahman Rahman, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Syed Rahman's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rahman include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is accepting new patients. After attending Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis.

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Dr. Elie N Saber, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 635
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Elie Saber's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Saber's areas of expertise include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saber is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Saint Joseph University of Beirut and a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's residency program. Dr. Saber (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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Dr. Larry I Lipshultz, MD
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Larry Lipshultz specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Lipshultz include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Lipshultz is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lipshultz accepts. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Christopher Henry Kwoh, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1415 La Concha Lane
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Kwoh is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kwoh include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Kwoh is affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Sreerdhar A Mandayam, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Mandayam studied medicine at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. Dr. Mandayam has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Mandayam (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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

Dr. Mehreen S Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 690
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mehreen Khan is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, Dr. Khan completed her residency training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport.

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Dr. Uday M Khosla, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Uday Khosla, who practices in Houston, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Katy, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khosla include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Khosla accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Khosla's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Binh Thai Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1415 La Concha Lane
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Binh Nguyen's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Nguyen has a special interest in kidney stones and hypertension (high blood pressure). His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. Dr. Nguyen is conversant in Vietnamese.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Surgical Procedures, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. John Pedro Frommer, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Frommer's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Frommer is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, Dr. Frommer attended medical school at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. He 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. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Sejal Pravin Sarolia, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sejal Sarolia specializes in adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. Dr. Sarolia is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sarolia's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Dr. Felipe N Flores Sandoval, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Felipe Flores-Sandoval sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include bladder cancer, adolescent issues, and laser treatment. Dr. Flores-Sandoval is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Flores-Sandoval attended medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Flores-Sandoval is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Bernardino Flores Abaya, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bernardino Abaya's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Abaya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Abaya is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Karen A Delhey, MD
Specializes in Urology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2030
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Karen Delhey is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Delhey include erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and incontinence. Dr. Delhey is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Delhey has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Park Plaza Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Alvin Goh's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goh include bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laparoscopic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Goh is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Goh completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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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