According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than half a million Americans seek emergency medical care for kidney stones each year. Research suggests that kidney stones are becoming more common since the late 1970s. The doctors at Midtown Urology Associates in Austin, Texas, have the skills and experience needed to treat kidney stones and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. Calling or scheduling online makes it easy to find an appointment time that fits your schedule.
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Kidney stones are small, hard deposits of salts and minerals that form in your kidneys. When they pass through your kidneys and urethra, the experience can be intensely painful.
There are several different types of kidney stones, including:
These are made of calcium oxalate -- a substance naturally present in many foods -- and develop in people with metabolic conditions.
These kidney stones can develop in individuals who have gout, do not drink sufficient fluids, or consume a diet high in protein.
Struvite stones develop quickly as a response to an infection. They can become relatively large, and often occur with few symptoms.
These kidney stones form in the kidneys of people with a hereditary disorder that causes excessive excretion of specific amino acids.
There are risk factors that you can manage by lifestyle modification. Here are some guidelines for reducing your risk of developing kidney stones:
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What are the treatment options for kidney stones?
Many small kidney stones pass on their own. You can simplify the process by drinking plenty of water and using an over-the-counter pain medication like naproxen sodium, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen.
Larger stones, or those that are causing bleeding or are present during a urinary tract infection, may need medical intervention. Your doctor at Midtown Urology Associates can assist by using a scope to remove smaller stones, or performing a surgical procedure to remove large stones.
Some people respond well to a procedure known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or ESWL. This approach uses sound waves to break kidney stones into tiny pieces that you can pass more easily.
Be sure to make an appointment online or over the phone at Midtown Urology Associates if you’re concerned about kidney stones.