We found 6 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Katy, TX.

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Dr Ariel M Velasco MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
Average rating 4.66 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Ariel Velasco's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Velasco speaks Spanish. Dr. Velasco's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Dr. Velasco's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital. Dr. Velasco is a graduate of Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Dr. Velasco trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for Dr. Velasco's residency. Dr. Velasco has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by Dr. Velasco's patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Velasco honors. Dr. Velasco has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Kidney Problems, Hypoten ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mukesh Sinha sees patients in Cypress, TX, Katy, TX, and Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Sinha's areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and vasculitis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Sinha's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Vasculitis, Kidney Failure, Dialysi ... (Read more)

Shalin Dinesh Patel MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Shalin Patel is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney stones, and anemia. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Dr. Patel is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Patel 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. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Lupus, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, Hypotension, An ... (Read more)

Dr Elizabeth Alvarez MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 2.4 stars out of 5 (19 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez is a family practitioner in Katy, TX and Houston, TX. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Alvarez's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, warts, and menopause. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alvarez takes. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Central America, Dr. Alvarez performed her residency at Swedish Covenant Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Gynecologic Procedures, Scoliosis, Ki ... (Read more)

Dr Thu Ha Liz Lee MD
Specializes in General Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Thu Lee, who practices in Houston, TX and Katy, TX, is a medical specialist in general surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include amputees, kidney stones, and minor surgery. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Breast Biopsy, Kidney Stones, Laparoscopic Colectomy, Gallstones, Minor Surgery, Skin B ... (Read more)

Dr Rahul Prakash MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
Average rating 3.96 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
18500 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX

Dr. Rahul Prakash practices adult nephrology. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prakash include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Prakash's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is open to new patients. Dr. Prakash is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , Kidney Stones

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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