Over 1 million American's had a kidney stone last year and that number is rising. They can be one of the most painful experiences in one's life and lead to a significant number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations. We are experts at treating kidney stones in minimally invasive and endoscopic fashion and getting you back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. More importantly, we are committed to find out what is causing you to form stones and help prevent them in the future. Find out more about our treatment of stone disease.
Kidney stones are mineral deposits that have formed within the urinary tract. The kidneys are organs whose job is to filter and remove waste products from the body in the form of urine. Urine contains many different dissolved salts and minerals. Sometimes, if the concentration of minerals are high, a stone may form. This is exacerbated by dehydration. Stones that are small may never cause symptoms. Other stones grow and may travel down from the kidney and block the ureter. The swelling of the blocked ureter is what causes pain and on imaging studies, the kidneys begin to swell (hydronephrosis).
This is often very painful and patients describe a sharp, intermittent pain to their back and side. Some patients have associated nausea or vomiting. It may also create an urgent desire to urinate or having to urinate more frequently. Some patients have blood in their urine. If a patient has a fever or chills, this may be a sign of a serious infection and you should be evaluated in the emergency department.