Kidney stones consist of mineral and acid deposits that form inside the kidneys. They can be found in any area of your bladder and kidneys. Kidney stones are extremely painful, but luckily, they don’t cause any permanent damage to your body. Although kidney stones are more commonly found in men, women can experience them as well.
Do you need help managing or treating kidney stones in Noblesville, IN? Sit down with a primary care physician at Riverview Health and figure out the right course of action for quick relief from this painful medical condition.
Kidney Stone Symptoms
If you have kidney stones, you may not notice any discomfort or pain until the kidney stone has passed through the ureter, which connects the kidney and bladder.
It’s then that you may experience these symptoms:
- Pain during urination
- Severe, chronic pain in the side and lower back
- Severe, chronic pain that spreads to the lower abdomen
- Urine that’s pink, red or brown in color
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Frequent urination
- Cloudy, smelly urine
Different Types of Kidney Stones
There are various types of kidney stones, including:
- Struvite stones. These kidney stones form when the body is fighting an infection, such as a UTI.
- Uric acid stones. These kidney stones are formed when an individual doesn’t drink enough fluid.
- Calcium stones. These are the most common type of kidney stones, and they’re made from calcium oxalate. Oxalate is found in nuts,chocolate, fruits and vegetables.
- Cystine stones. These kidney stones are found in people who suffer from cystinuria, which is a hereditary disorder that causes the kidneys to excrete too many amino acids.
Treating Kidney Stones at Riverview Health
When kidney stones are small, they usually don’t require advanced treatment. You can simply pass them through your ureter by drinking water, and taking pain relievers and other medications.
Kidney stones that are too large to pass through your ureter may require the following treatment:
- Surgery. When large stones are found in your kidney, you may require surgery to remove them. This typically involves a surgeon making a small incision in your back and inserting a small telescope and other instruments to remove the stones.
- Sound waves. Some kidney stones can be broken up with sound waves using extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. This procedure works by creating strong vibrations that shatter the kidney stones into small pieces. These pieces of kidney stones can then be passed through the ureter.
- Ureteroscope. Some kidney stones can be treated with an ureteroscope. During this procedure, a surgeon will use this instrument (a tube with a camera on the end) to locate the kidney stones. He or she will then use tools that can break it into pieces so it can pass through the ureter.
To learn what type of treatment would be best to manage your kidney stones in Noblesville, contact Riverview Health. Request an appointment with a primary care physician by calling 317.565.0535 or by completing an online appointment request form.
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