A kidney stone is formed from substances in the urine. It will not cause any symptoms if it stays in the kidney. However, if it leaves the kidney and becomes stuck in the urinary tract, it can cause severe pain in the back, side, abdomen, groin and genitals. It can also cause blood in the urine or burning during urination.
“Kidney stones become a serious medical problem when the pain is so severe that the patient cannot go on,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It is also concerning if the patient begins having fevers or problems with kidney function.”
There are two main ways to remove kidney stones. “We can shock them from outside the body to pulverize the stones into dust,” says Ogles. “Or we can remove them laparoscopically or through a small hole in the back.”