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Seth Lerner MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 4 stars (4 ratings)
6560 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Seth Lerner is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction (impotence), and kidney stones. Patient ratings for Dr. Lerner average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Lerner completed his residency training at Virginia Mason Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Richard Link M.D.
Specializes in Urology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Link is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Houston, TX. Dr. Link's clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, nephroscopy, and laser treatment. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Elie Saber specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Saber graduated from Saint Joseph University of Beirut and then he performed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Saber (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Saber's office for an appointment.

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Dr. S. Noor Rahman MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Syed Rahman works as a nephrologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Rahman include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Rahman honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He has an open panel. Dr. Rahman attended medical school at Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, and Technical University of Santiago (UTESA). He trained at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis for residency.

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Dr. Larry I. Lipshultz MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 2.79 stars (16 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Larry Lipshultz practices urology (urinary tract disease) in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Lipshultz include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and low testosterone (male hypogonadism). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Lipshultz completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lipshultz is open to new patients.

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Dr. Christopher Henry Kwoh M.D.
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 1 stars (1 rating)
1415 La Concha Lane
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Kwoh 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. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Kwoh attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kwoh's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Sreedhar A. Mandayam M.D.
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. He attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. Dr. Mandayam trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. His areas of clinical interest consist of kidney stones, transplant procedures, and dialysis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Mandayam (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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

Bernardino Flores Abaya M.D.
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bernardino Abaya works as an adult nephrologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Abaya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish.

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Mehreen S. Khan MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
1200 Binz Street; Suite 690
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mehreen Khan is an adult nephrology specialist. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, anemia, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Khan graduated from Dow Medical College. Dr. Khan's medical residency was performed at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Juan Pedro Frommer M.D.
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Frommer, who practices in Houston, TX and Beaumont, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Frommer is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Frommer studied medicine at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for residency. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Uday Khosla MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Uday Khosla works as a nephrologist. He attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Khosla trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khosla include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Khosla's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Felipe N. Flores-Sandoval MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 4.82 stars (177 ratings)
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2100
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Felipe Flores-Sandoval sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, adolescent issues, and laser treatment. Dr. Flores-Sandoval is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Flores-Sandoval trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) and Houston Methodist. Dr. Flores-Sandoval welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1200 Binz Street; 690
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tam Ho is an adult nephrology specialist. Dr. Ho is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Ho 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. He is conversant in Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Ho is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure

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

Dr. Sejal Sarolia practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. He attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sarolia include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Sarolia has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Mr. Mario Assouad MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mario Assouad specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX and Nassau Bay, TX. His areas of expertise include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Assouad graduated from the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Nevada. Dr. Assouad (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He has an open panel.

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Dr. Sai Kaumudi Saridey M.D.
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Saikaumudi Saridey is a specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Saridey include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney transplant. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saridey honors. She is a graduate of Andhra Medical College. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Clinic, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Saridey's practice is open to new patients.

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

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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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