We found 8 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver PPO near Katy, TX.

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Dr. Ariel M Velasco, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
1331 Grand Parkway; Suite #320
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Ariel Velasco's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Velasco's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Velasco is a graduate of Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. For his professional training, Dr. Velasco completed a residency program at Catholic Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Mukesh Sinha is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Cypress, TX, Katy, TX, and Houston, TX. His clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and vasculitis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sinha accepts. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Sinha attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Shalin Patel is a nephrologist in Katy, TX, Houston, TX, and Cypress, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and anemia. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Patel is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Dieu rick Quang Rick Ngo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 410
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Dieu Ngo is a general surgeon in Katy, TX, Stafford, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Ngo studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ngo trained at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus and St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston. His areas of expertise include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Ngo a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
21376 Provincial Boulevard
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez's area of specialization is family medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Alvarez include knee problems, warts, and menopause. Dr. Alvarez is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alvarez takes. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Alvarez graduated from Autonomous University of Central America. She trained at Swedish Covenant Hospital for residency.

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Dr. David Scott Kent, MD
Specializes in Urology
23920 Katy Frwy; Suite 380
Katy, TX
 

Dr. David Kent is an urologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Kent include bladder cancer, prostate problems, and kidney stones. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Kent's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Incontinence, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Bladder Cancer, Vasectomy

Dr. Thu Ha Liz Lee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
23920 Katy Freeway; Suite 410
Katy, TX
 

Dr. Thu Lee specializes in general surgery. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. Dr. Lee honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Rahul Prakash, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
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. Dr. Prakash's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College. Patients rated Dr. Prakash highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is open to 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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