Urology Associates provide a wide variety of treatments for kidney stones that can affect both men and women.
Stones in the urinary system, also known as urolithiasis, are formations of deposits that form in the tubes that excrete urine from the body. Stones can form and affect any part of the urinary system including the kidney (nephrolithiasis), ureters (ureterolithiasis) and bladder (cystolithiasis). Stones are most commonly (80%) contain of calcium oxalate, but can be composed of other minerals such as uric acid, cystine, or magnesium ammonium phosphate.
Urinary stones may be a result of diet, medications, genetics, and lifestyle. Depending on the situation, our urologist may do a stone or urine analysis to better understand the type of stone your body is forming and come up with effective ways to prevent them from reoccurring. Increasing water intake and limiting certain foods may help reduce your chances of developing stones.
Pain is often severe with kidney stones and comes on suddenly. The pain is generally described as sharp and stabbing in nature. It often presents on the lowers sides of the back and radiates down into the lower part of the abdomen into the groin. Other common symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting, often associated with the intense pain
- Patients are usually unable to find a comfortable position to sit or lay
- Pain and burning with urination
- Increased urinary frequency or urgency
- Hematuria (blood in the urine) or cloudy/discolored urine
- Loss of appetite