Kidney stones can be a scourge on your health, causing extreme pain and frustration when they pass. At the practice of board-certified urologist Eugene C. Rajaratnam, MD, in Lancaster, California, you have options for kidney stone treatment to break them up or remove them before you suffer. If you’re prone to kidney stones, call the office or schedule an appointment online for relief.
Kidney stones develop from firm deposits of salt and concentrated minerals. They vary in size and are painful to pass. Small stones move through your urinary tract by drinking plenty of water while pain is eased with medications.
Some kidney stones may be larger than the urethra, so passing them can be extremely painful and even lead to other complications, including urinary tract infections.
A calcium stone is the most common type of kidney stone. These can result from dietary issues, such as too much vitamin D, and certain medications, namely some antidepressants.
Uric acid stones are caused by gout, too little or too much fluid, and extremely high protein diets. Struvite or cystine stones are caused by kidney infections and other disorders.
What are the symptoms of kidney stones?
Kidney stones often present with severe back pain that radiates toward the groin. This happens when they pass, however. As they form and sit in your kidneys, you have no symptoms. Other symptoms of kidney stones trying to pass may include:
Sometimes, kidney stones can cause an infection, which presents symptoms such as fever and chills.
What are the treatments for kidney stones?
For small stones, Dr. Rajaratnam recommends ample hydration, mild pain relievers, and sometimes prescription medication that relaxes your ureter so the stone can pass swiftly.
Depending on the location of the stone, Dr. Rajaratnam may recommend shockwave treatment or basket stone extraction. With shockwave therapy, sound waves break up the kidney stone, so the smaller pieces are able to pass easier.
A basket stone extraction, or ureteroscopy, involves inserting a thin, flexible scope into your bladder and ureter so Dr. Rajaratnam can view any stones. He then uses a small basket to remove small stones or pass a laser through the scope to break up larger stones.
In rare cases, you may need a surgical procedure to remove stones.
If you have kidney stones that are making you suffer, book an appointment with Dr. Eugene Rajaratnam, MD, or schedule an appointment using the online tool.
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