Don’t live dangerously and with pain. Get rid of your kidney stones with Urology One
Are kidney stones trying to find a way out of your body? If so, you could be in for pain and discomfort. Your body wasn’t designed to transport stones through your urinary tract system. Kidney stones can result in a long list of symptoms that make life painful and uncomfortable, including:
- Back Pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Bloody urine
Over 500,000 people make trips to emergency rooms in the US each year because of kidney stones (1). Learn more about kidney stones and how Urology One approaches treatment here.
Ready to move past the pain? Get curious about percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). Schedule your appointment with our team today by requesting an appointment, and continue reading about PCNL to prepare for your trip to Urology One.
What is Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL), and how can it treat my kidney stones?
PCNL is a procedure that has the goal of removing all kidney stones from your system, allowing you to avoid the process of passing them through your urinary tract. This procedure is regarded as the most effective way to fully remove kidney stones, and is less-invasive than open surgeries and procedures. PCNL is completed through the following steps:
- Anesthesia and antibiotics (to prevent infection) are administered.
- A small incision is made in your back.
- A scope is inserted through the incision.
- The kidney stones are broken into small pieces.
- The pieces of kidney stones are removed.
- The incision is stitched closed.
- Your surgeon may decide to leave drainage tubes in, and you may be asked to stay in the hospital.
The procedure takes less than an hour to complete. The recovery process will require you to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 2-4 weeks.
All of your stones may be able to be removed in a single procedure; however, if your stones cannot be removed during a procedure, you may be required to undergo a second, which will be determined by your surgeon.
Are you a candidate for PCNL?
You may be a candidate for PCNL if:
- You have large stones (larger than 0.8 inches)
- Previous treatments (ESWL, ureteroscopy) have been unsuccessful
- You are not able to receive ESWL or ureteroscopy
Tests, completed by your urologist, will reveal if you’re a PCNL candidate. These tests will analyze your blood and urine, and a CT scan will provide your doctor with additional information on your kidney stones to aid in treatment.
Make your move. Discover if PCNL from Urology One is your solution to overcoming kidney stones
For decades, the team at Urology One has successfully treated urological conditions, including prostate cancer, incontinence, and kidney stones. PCNL is a difficult procedure to perform and takes a skilled and experienced surgeon. The board-certified experts at Urology One have been recognized as leaders in urological care for providing an excellent patient experience to patients in Canton, Ohio, and beyond. They will listen to you, answer your questions, and make sure you are informed when making important decisions for your health.
Don’t risk an emergency room visit because you have yet to address your kidney stones. Get into our offices to find relief. Common treatments, which will be discussed with you in detail during your appointment, include Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy, Cystoscopy, Ureteroscopy, and Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL).