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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Billy Gilbert is an adult nephrology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Gilbert include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Gilbert accepts 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 his office for an appointment. Dr. Gilbert attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
250 Blossom Street; Suite 275
Webster, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise consist of kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chaudhary takes. After attending Aga Khan University Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chaudhary's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Sarah Shearer's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shearer include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). Dr. Shearer is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Shearer attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. June Yao's specialty is adult nephrology. She studied medicine at Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhongshan School of Medicine. Dr. Yao's training includes a residency program at Jacobi Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yao include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Yao is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Finch is an adult nephrology specialist. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Finch accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Finch's office for an appointment. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Henry Muniz specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Baytown, TX. His areas of expertise include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Muniz is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Muniz trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Muniz's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Katherine Timmins Vollmers, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Vollmers' specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Vollmers's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. She attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Vollmers has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Aashish Pandya's area of specialization is adult nephrology. These areas are among Dr. Pandya's clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Pandya attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school. He accepts 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 his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Urology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez specializes in urology (urinary tract disease) and practices in Nassau Bay, TX and Texas City, TX. Dr. Rodriguez has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, kidney stones, and laser treatment. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rodriguez's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
18300 St. John Drive
Nassau Bay, TX
 

Dr. Mahendra Agraharkar's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Agraharkar graduated from Osmania Medical College. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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