Answers to 4 Questions You May Have About Kidney Stones
Not sure if you have a kidney stone? Our experts explain what you need to know.
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Here are answers to four questions you may have about kidney stones from urologist Sri Sivalingam, MD.
Signs of a possible kidney stone may include:
Newer medications — including muscle relaxants and pain medicine — can often ease the pain and help the stone pass naturally. Medications also are available to prevent future stone growth.
For larger stones, a variety of surgical options are available.
“We have made great leaps in the surgical treatment of stones. Highly successful, minimally invasive approaches now are available,” says Dr. Sivalingam. These include:
Once you get a kidney stone, chances are high that you may get another stone in the next five to 10 years, Dr. Sivalingam says.
“It is very important to identify your risk factors for stone recurrence, including diet, and correct any deficiencies to prevent future stones,” Dr. Sivalingam says. “Hydration and diet are important, yet often neglected in warding off kidney stones.”