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Kidney Stones

The history of kidney stone disease is as old as medicine itself. Urinary tract stones are crystallized structures that form in the kidney. They are a product of metabolism, meaning they are produced as the kidneys filter out nutrients for our bodies, and then excrete what is not needed into the urine. In some people solid objects (stones or calculi) form in the kidneys and then pass through the urinary tract. When stones restrict the flow of urine from the kidneys into the ureters, this causes intense pain. Pain typically originates in the back and migrates into the lower abdomen. Nausea and vomiting are also common with stone pain. Fortunately, most stones will pass out of the urinary tract with hydration and medications for pain.Urinary System

There are several ways to manage stones that get lodged and don’t pass on their own. Stones in the kidneys can be treated with extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL).  This is a noninvasive technology that breaks up the stone into small fragments.  These fragments reduce to a very small size that can be easily passed.

Not all stones can be treated with ESWL. Stones that become lodged in the ureters are managed by passing a scope into the urinary tract then using a laser fiber to break up the stone. These procedures are done using anesthesia so the patient is comfortable.

Patients recover quickly from both treatments. Ambulatory surgery centers offer rapid treatment solutions for a painful problem that has the patient home in a very short amount of time.


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