Kidney stones are mineral deposits that form inside your kidneys. A big risk factor for forming kidney stones is not drinking enough water. With kidney stones, you can experience severe side or back pain as well as nausea and vomiting.
At Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Emergency and Trauma Center, patients with kidney stone pain are referred to a urologist. “There are minimally invasive approaches to treating stones in the urinary system,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “The key is to evaluate the patients pain level and overall health and to make personal recommendations to minimize future risk of stone formation.”
Treatment options include:
- Medication to help the kidney stone pass on its own
- Shock wave lithotripsy uses sound waves to break the stone into smaller pieces to make passage easier
- Minimally invasive surgery involving a small camera and instruments to access and treat the stone in the urinary tract