What you should know about kidney stones
Kidney stones are hardened mineral deposits that form in the kidneys. According to the National Institutes of Health, one person in 10 develops kidney stones during their lifetime. Kidney stones are most prevalent in patients aged 30 to 45.
Small stones can cause discomfort as they pass out of the body. Regardless of size, when stones become lodged in the tube (ureter) that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder, they cause severe pain that begins in the back and radiates to the side or groin. A lodged stone can block the flow of urine, causing pressure to build in the affected ureter and kidney which can cause sever pain.
Treating Kidney Stones
Treatment depends on the size and type of stone. Our providers have the skill and experience to use the most advanced treatments available to address even the most difficult kidney stones.
Laser lithotripsy uses a fiber passed through an instrument to deliver a laser beam to break up the kidney stone.
Ultrasonic lithotripsy uses high-frequency soundwaves delivered through a probe to break up the kidney stone.
Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL)
ESWL uses highly focused impulses projected from outside the body to pulverize kidney stones anywhere in the urinary system. This technique usually reduces the stone to sand-like granules that can be passed in the patient’s urine. Large stones may require several ESWL treatments. The procedure takes less than an hour and is done right here on an outpatient basis.
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