Treating Kidney Stone Pain
Kidney stones can form when salt, minerals and other waste products in the urine bond together. The result is a stone-like formation. When kidney stones move around, they can cause pain and discomfort. Non-surgical methods are available for treating painful kidney stones. At Urology Specialists of Milford, urologist Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg offers same-day appointments for the treatment of kidney stones in Milford, MA.
Kidney Stones and Pain
Not everyone who develops kidney stones will experience pain or discomfort. Some kidney stones do not necessarily cause pain and are often able to pass out of the body through the urine. Certain kidney stones, on the other hand, can cause extensive pain or discomfort as they move around in the kidneys and pass down into the ureter, which is a tube that connects the kidneys to the bladder.
One of the reasons large kidney stones can cause so much pain is that they often get stuck in the ureter and block the flow of urine. As the kidney stones move around the kidneys or attempt to pass through the ureter, they can cause significant pain in the side or back. The pain can also radiate through the abdomen and down to the groin. Additionally, kidney stones can even make it painful to urinate. If you are experiencing severe pain from kidney stones, same-day appointments with Dr. Steinberg are available at Urology Specialists of Milford.
Treating Kidney Stones
Seeking treatment for kidney stones is important because they could lead to a urinary or kidney infection, or even sepsis. Sepsis can occur when the body attempts to fight an infection but causes inflammation to develop throughout the body instead. It is imperative that kidney stones be treated promptly before an infection can develop.
At Urology Specialists of Milford, there are two non-surgical methods for passing kidney stones: extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) and ureteroscopy and laser lithotripsy. Both methods involve breaking kidney stones down into small fragments that can readily pass out of the body through the urine. ESWL utilizes show waves to break up the kidney stones, while ureteroscopy and laser lithotripsy utilizes video imaging in conjunction with a laser to do the same.
Preventing Kidney Stones
Individuals who have had kidney stones have a higher risk of developing them again. One way to reduce your risk is to maintain a healthy diet low in salt, protein, and oxalates. It is also important to stay hydrated. When you are dehydrated, a lack of fluids in the body can cause salts and minerals in the urine to bond together more easily. Maintaining a healthy body weight can also help reduce risk as obesity is associated with an increased risk for kidney stones. A urologist can provide additional information about preventing kidney stones.