Approximately one in every 11 adult Americans suffers from kidney stone pain. At San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group in south-central Texas, the experienced team of nephrologists offer 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 stones and protect your kidney health. To get relief from kidney stones, schedule an appointment by phone today.
Kidney stones are made up of calcium, uric acid, oxalate, or cystine. Stones develop when you have high levels of these substances in your urine. They can also form when levels are normal but you’re not producing sufficient amounts of urine each day.
When these substances crystallize in your kidneys, they can grow larger over time and form a stone. The stone typically moves through your urinary tract and leaves your body when you urinate.
Larger stones may be more difficult to pass and can block your urinary tract, interfering with your ability to urinate. If stones are too large to pass, your San Antonio Kidney Disease Center physician may recommend surgery to remove them.
In some cases, you may have kidney stones without showing any symptoms. When stones are large enough to cause an obstruction in your urinary tract, you can experience persistent discomfort that can range from a mild ache to severe pain. 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 symptoms of kidney stones can include:
Your physician assesses your symptoms and may perform a physical exam and review of your medical history to rule out other medical conditions.
To confirm a kidney stone diagnosis, they order imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or CT scan. Your physician can measure the size and amount of stones you have to create the most effective treatment options.
San Antonio Kidney Disease Center 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 so you can then 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 how to prevent kidney stones, schedule an appointment by calling San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group.