We found 5 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Basic 103, a Multi-State Plan near Katy, TX.

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Dr. Ariel M. Velasco M.D.
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
average rating 4.66 stars (6 ratings)
1331 Grand Parkway; Suite #320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ariel Velasco specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Dr. Velasco is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Velasco include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. Before performing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Velasco attended Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation for medical school. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Velasco takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Mukesh K. Sinha MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite 308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Mukesh Sinha is an adult nephrologist in Cypress, TX, Katy, TX, and Houston, TX. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. Dr. Sinha's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and vasculitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sinha's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Shalin Dinesh Patel MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; Suite #308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Shalin Patel's medical specialty is adult nephrology. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and anemia. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Shamim Ali M.D.
Specializes in Family Medicine
average rating 3.1 stars (14 ratings)
23960 Katy Freeway; Suite 320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Shamim Ali practices family medicine. Dr. Ali graduated from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Her clinical interests include warts, menopause, and depression. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali takes. Dr. Ali's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Rahul Prakash MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
average rating 3.96 stars (7 ratings)
21720 Kingsland Boulevard; 308
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Rahul Prakash, who practices in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Cypress, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Prakash at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Prakash's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

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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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