Can I treat my kidney stones at home?
Although many small stones can be naturally flushed out of your system by drinking large amounts of fluid (about 8-10 glasses per day), we still recommend you schedule an appointment with us if you think you might have kidney stones. It is important to confirm whether or not you have kidney stones or another underlying medical condition before trying any treatment.
How do you treat kidney stones at The Urology Place?
The doctors at The Urology Place use a number of treatments for kidney stones depending on the shape of the stone and the severity of your condition. We use conservative therapies whenever possible. For example, certain medications can break the stones into smaller pieces for easier passage or allow the ureter to dilate to possibly pass the stones. Larger stones, however, are treated in one of the following ways:
During this non-invasive treatment, the patient is sedated while the surgeon uses X-ray imaging to target the kidney stones and transmit high-energy sound waves directly to the affected area. The waves pass through the body and break the stones into smaller pieces that can then travel out of the body through the urinary tract.
During this procedure, the doctor removes the kidney stone using a ureteroscope and lasers while the patient is anesthetized. This does not require incisions, but is a more invasive procedure. The ureteroscope allows the doctor to visually locate and remove the stones. If necessary,the doctor will implant a temporary stent, which is a floppy tube that holds the ureter open, allowing the kidney to drain safely.
During this procedure, the doctor makes a small incision in the lower back and inserts a catheter into the kidney. The catheter allows the doctor to locate and view the stones with a microscopic camera and use specialized tools to remove the stone or break it into small pieces. The stone then drains through the catheter along with urine. This is more invasive and will require a 2-3 day hospital stay in most cases.
Robotic or traditional open surgery
Used only when other therapies are unsuccessful, during this procedure the doctor makes an incision into the abdomen or side to access the kidney and remove the stones. Once removed, the doctor places a catheter (small tube) into the kidney to drain urine until the patient has recovered. This procedure is rare and requires a more extensive hospital stay and recovery time.