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Mrs. Humaira Khawaja Chaudhary M.D.
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1111 Highway 6; Suite 174
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary's specialty is adult nephrology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include kidney stones, kidney transplant, and dialysis. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chaudhary studied medicine at Aga Khan University Medical College. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chaudhary is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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

Elzbieta Janina Baranowska-Daca MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Elzbieta Baranowska-Daca's specialty is adult nephrology. In addition to English, Dr. Baranowska-Daca speaks Polish. Clinical interests for Dr. Baranowska-Daca include kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at Medical University of Lublin. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Baranowska-Daca is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Rupal S. Patel M.D.
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Rupal Patel specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Patel takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Patel's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Lei Chu M.D.
Specializes in Urology
average rating 3.75 stars (2 ratings)
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Lei Chu is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Chu include bladder cancer, male infertility, and kidney stones. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. Before performing her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Chu attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Chu 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. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Genitourinary Cancer, Kidney Stones, Female Urologic Disorders, Male ... (Read more)

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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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