Kidney Stones Treatments
High levels of minerals in the kidneys can form clumps known as kidney stones. While in the kidneys, these stones do not cause harm or health issues. When they enter the ureter and block urine from traveling to the bladder, problems arise. Once the blockage is in place, kidney stones can become very painful and may require surgery if they do not pass on their own.
There are four different types of kidney stones and will determine the best treatment options.
Available kidney stone treatments
Many times, people simply pass their kidney stones. Drinking lots of water will assist in the kidney stone passing. Over-the-counter medications can help with the pain associated with passing a kidney stone. Passing a kidney stone on your own is the preferred method as long as an infection has not occurred and the pain can be properly managed. There are some medication that seem to relax the ureter and help the kidney stone to pass.
If it is determined that the ureter is completely blocked, the pain becomes unmanageable or the blockage begins to affect kidney function, surgery may be required. These procedures are minimally invasive with little recovery time.
Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL)
Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
If you are suffering from kidney stones, schedule a time to talk to us. We can quickly and accurately diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment plan to help ease the pain and pass the kidney stone as well as find ways to help prevent more kidney stones from forming.
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