Approximately one in every 11 adult Americans suffers from kidney stone pain. At Kidney360 in Houston, Texas, Uday Khosla, MD, and the team offer an unmatched commitment to patient care, treating your pain with the latest techniques and focusing on the lifestyle changes you can make to prevent the recurrence of kidney stones and protect your kidney health. To learn more about treatments for kidney stones, call the office or book online today.
Kidney stones are hard deposits made up of calcium, uric acid, oxalate, or cystine. Kidney stones develop when you have high levels of these substances in your urine. You can also develop kidney stones when levels of these substances are normal, but you’re not producing enough urine on a given day.
When these substances crystallize in your kidneys, they can aggregate over time and form a hardened stone. These stones typically move through your urinary tract and exit your body when you urinate.
Larger stones may be more difficult and painful to pass. They can even block your urinary tract, interfering with your ability to urinate. If stones are too large to pass, your Kidney360 provider may recommend surgery to remove them.
In some cases, you may have kidney stones without showing any symptoms. When kidney stones are large enough to obstruct your urinary tract, it can cause persistent discomfort ranging from a mild ache to severe pain. The pain usually occurs in the lower abdomen or on your side between your hip and ribs. Pain can also radiate down into your groin.
Other kidney stone symptoms can include:
If you’re experiencing symptoms of kidney stones, schedule an appointment with the nephrology team at Kidney360.
Your provider assesses your symptoms, performs a physical exam, and reviews your medical history to rule out other medical conditions that might be responsible for your symptoms.
Your provider may order imaging tests to confirm a kidney stone diagnosis, such as an ultrasound or CT scan. They can measure the size and number of stones you have to create an effective treatment plan.
Kidney360 offers the latest treatment options if you suffer from kidney stones, including minimally invasive surgery to remove stones too large to pass.
Also available is noninvasive shock wave therapy to break stones apart to pass them easily through urination.
Before your physician considers surgery, they may first try medications to help you pass the kidney stones at home. You may need to use a strainer each time you urinate to collect stones you pass for further testing.
Your physician might also recommend dietary changes to reduce future stones and encourage you to drink more water. Medication may also be necessary to prevent new stones.
To learn more about preventing or treating kidney stones, schedule an appointment with the team at Kidney360 by calling the office or booking online today.