We found 13 providers with an interest in kidney stones and who accept Humana Silver HMO near The Woodlands, TX.

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Dr. Christopher Henry Kwoh, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1111 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Kwoh's specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kwoh include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. Dr. Kwoh takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Kwoh's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Steven Wayne Sukin, MD
Specializes in Urology
17198 St Lukes Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Steven Sukin is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Tomball, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Sukin include male infertility, robotic radical prostatectomy, and erectile dysfunction (impotence). He is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Texas Oncology. Dr. Sukin is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sukin trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Billy Gilbert is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Gilbert is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Gilbert graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Sarah Shearer is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Pearland, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 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 for medical school. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Humaira Chaudhary specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Chaudhary is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. In her practice, she is particularly interested in 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. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Chaudhary is open to new patients.

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

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. June Yao is a specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Yao's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before completing her residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Yao attended medical school at Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhongshan School of Medicine. Dr. Yao is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
150 Pine Forest Drive; Suite 101
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Madhavilatha Vuppali sees patients in Shenandoah, TX and Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Vuppali honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. After attending Osmania Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. Dr. Vuppali (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Telugu, and Spanish. Dr. Vuppali is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure

Dr. Clyde Leland Corey, MD
Specializes in Urology
1011 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Clyde Corey is an urology (urinary tract disease) specialist in Tomball, TX, Kingwood, TX, and The Woodlands, TX. He is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC) and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Corey is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Corey completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. On average, patients gave Dr. Corey a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Henry Muniz's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Muniz include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Muniz is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Finch is a nephrologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Finch is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She has an open panel. Dr. Finch graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Dr. Ajay Kwatra, MD
Specializes in Urology
9305 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 104
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ajay Kwatra's specialty is urology (urinary tract disease). He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. These areas are among Dr. Kwatra's clinical interests: robotic radical prostatectomy, kidney stones, and cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kwatra honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. His professional affiliations include Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Cancer, Urodynamics, Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

Dr. Katherine Timmins Vollmers, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Vollmers is a specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Vollmers's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Vollmers attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Aashish Pandya sees patients in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Baytown, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Pandya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Pandya is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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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