Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Each year, countless patients suffer from kidney stones, a condition which often results in unbearable pain. Kidney stones occur when substances in the urine become concentrated, forming crystals. The crystals then grow into large masses ( "stones") which work their way through the urinary tract. It is when the stones get stuck that pain begins to occur. Once a person has had kidney stones once, they are far more likely to experience a second one.
Kidney stones are usually diagnosed when a patient is admitted to the emergency room with severe pains. Let's take a closer look at how you can treat and prevent kidney stones.
- Drink plenty of water. Kidney stones are usually caused by a poor diet, as well as by drinking a great deal of soda. Drinking water, however, is a great way to keep both your body and urinary tract healthy, essential for preventing kidney stones. Taking calcium supplements or eating calcium-rich foods can also be helpful in preventing this condition. Since patients who have had kidney stones once are more likely to experience kidney stones again, taking these preventative measures are crucial.
- Taking pain medication. Some kidney stones will pass on their own, if they are small in size. If your doctor believes that your kidney stone will pass on its own, nonprescription, anti-inflammatory pain medication can help relieve pain. Some doctors may also prescribe pain medicine if the patient requires it.
- Surgery. Surgery is rarely needed for kidney stones, and is usually performed when the stone is very large, causing bleeding, or caused by an infection. There are two methods of surgery performed for kidney stone cases. One method is involves the surgeon making a small cut in the back, in order to either remove or break up the stone. This method of surgery is sued when the stone is very large. Open surgery is another option, and involves the surgeon making an incision in the stomach area to remove the stone.
Kidney Stone Treatment in Astoria
To learn more about prevention and treatment for kidney stones, please contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Astoria, and we can be reached at (718) 204-7550. We hope to hear from you soon.