About one in ten of us will develop kidney stones – essentially rocks that form in the kidney and can damage the organ and cause significant pain for patients.
If fact, some women describe the pain passing a kidney stone as similar as or worse than childbirth.
A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms from crystallization of excreted substances in the urine. The stone may remain in the kidney or break loose and travel down the urinary tract.
While small stones can pass out of the body without causing any problem, larger stones can get stuck in a ureter, the bladder, or the urethra causing great pain. Large stones can sometimes block the flow of urine or causes urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Some of the symptoms you may notice are blood in your urine, cloudy urine or a burning sensation during urination. If you experience any of these symptoms you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
At Jefferson our experienced urologists employ a range of treatment options for kidney stones. Those options include lithotripsy, which breaks up stones using shock waves, and when necessary, minimally invasive surgical procedures to remove stones.
And because about half of those of us who get a kidney stone will develop a second, Jefferson’s specialists work with you to reduce that risk.