Kidney Stones

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What are Kidney Stones?

A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in a kidney out of substances in the urine. Kidney stones are often as small as grains of sand and can easily pass through the body in urine without discomfort. However, kidney stones can sometimes be much larger – the size of a pea, marble or even bigger. Some of these stones are too big to be flushed from the kidney. A larger stone may get stuck in a ureter, the bladder, or the urethra. A problem stone can block the flow of urine and cause great pain.

Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Very small kidney stones may pass out of the body with no signs of symptoms. Larger stones that may be trapped in the ureter might cause:

  • Severe pain in the back or side
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blood in the urine

If the stone travels downward towards the bladder you may experience:

  • A downward shift in pain towards the groin
  • A stronger urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when urinating

Talk to a Doctor

Call your doctor if you have:

  • Severe pain in your back or side, with or without nausea or vomiting
  • Unusually frequent urination or a persistent urge to urinate
  • A burning and discomfort when urinating
  • Urine that is colored pink or tinged with blood

Trapped kidney stones can lead to a urinary tract infection so it is important to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. We have a variety of tools and techniques available to treat kidney stones, from shockwaves (lithotripsy) to surgery. We will help you figure out the right approach to your particular condition.

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