For our patients, kidney stones come with pain and health complications. How are kidney stones complicating your life?
Whether you’ve just learned that you have kidney stones too large to pass or are suspicious that pain you’re experiencing stems from kidney stones trying to exit your body, you need to seek out urological care. Getting treated can ensure that complications, pain, and additional stones can be avoided if possible. Learn more about kidney stones and Urology One’s approach to your care here.
While you may have kidney stones that are putting your health at risk, this condition doesn’t always require invasive surgery or for you to painfully pass them through your urinary system. You have options, and you are not alone. Learn more about Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) below or schedule your appointment with Urology One today to put an end to your kidney stone worries and pain.
Kidney stones, which come in four forms (calcium, uric acid, struvite, cystine), are mineral deposits that form inside your kidneys. As they try to find a way out of your body, they wreak havoc on your urinary tract system, which was created to transport fluid, not stones.
Kidney stones can transform from a minor inconvenience to an emergency in an instant. More than 500,000 people in the US make trips to emergency rooms each year due to kidney stone pain (1). Even when they don’t result in an emergency, leaving your kidney stones untreated can result in a wide range of side effects, including:
Whatever your symptoms, there are treatments available to treat your stones. Commit to improving your health and ridding your body of painful and disruptive kidney stones.
Not all kidney stones require surgery. For stones that can be treated externally, ESWL can target and send shock waves into your kidney to destroy the stones, breaking them into tiny pieces that can pass through the body with less pain than larger stones.
ESWL takes approximately an hour to complete, and you will be positioned on padding or placed in water while shock waves pass through your body, targeting the exact location of your kidney stone(s). You can expect to resume normal daily activities almost immediately. Drinking an increased amount of water and resting after the procedure is recommended to assist the kidney stones in passing after being broken into smaller pieces.
To learn if ESWL could be an effective treatment for you, and to discuss potential complications, side effects, and benefits of ESWL, schedule your appointment with Urology One today.
Under the guidance of Dr. Steven Ochs, Urology One administers ESWL to patients. Urology One will not only help you pulverize and pass your kidney stones with proper treatment, but help you understand what steps need to be taken to prevent kidney stones from returning in the future. Dr. Ochs is known for providing an excellent patient experience and for answering all your questions.