We found 12 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 M.D.
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 1 stars (1 rating)
1111 Medical Plaza Drive; Suite 250
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Christopher Kwoh specializes in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kwoh include renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and anemia. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Kwoh attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors and Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kwoh's professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Glomerulonephritis, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Wayne Sukin M.D.
Specializes in Urology
average rating 4.83 stars (2 ratings)
17198 St Lukes Way; Suite 410
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Steven Sukin works as an urologist in Tomball, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: erectile dysfunction (impotence), kidney stones, and ureteroscopy. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sukin accepts. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Sukin is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Mrs. Humaira Khawaja Chaudhary M.D.
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, 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

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

Dr. Billy Gilbert works as a nephrologist in Webster, TX, The Woodlands, TX, and Houston, TX. 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 honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gilbert's practice is open to new patients. After attending 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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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Sarah Shearer's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Shearer's areas of expertise include 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, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. June Yao's area of specialization is adult nephrology. These areas are among her clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Yao is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhongshan School of Medicine and residency at Jacobi Medical Center.

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

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 3 stars (2 ratings)
150 Pine Forest Drive; Suite 101
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. Madhavilatha Vuppali is an adult nephrologist in Houston, TX and Shenandoah, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Vuppali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Telugu, and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Vuppali include kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Vuppali's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Houston Northwest Medical Center. After attending Osmania Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vuppali takes.

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Finch is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Finch include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Finch honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 4.5 stars (2 ratings)
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Henry Muniz is a nephrologist in Houston, TX, Webster, TX, and Baytown, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, kidney stones, and renal (kidney) biopsy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah, Dr. Muniz attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Muniz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Katherine Vollmers is a nephrologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vollmers include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Vollmers is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Vollmers's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 1 stars (1 rating)
9449 Grogans Mill Road
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Aashish Pandya specializes in adult nephrology. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pandya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pandya is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Ajay Kwatra MD
Specializes in Urology
average rating 2.54 stars (17 ratings)
9305 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 104
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Ajay Kwatra's area of specialization is urology (urinary tract disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Kwatra average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in robotic radical prostatectomy, kidney stones, and cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. 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. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center.

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

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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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