Understanding Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, hard deposits that develop in the kidneys and can be very painful when they pass through the ureter and bladder. Over half a million people visit the ER each year with kidney stones, and 1 in 10 people can expect to experience kidney stones in their lifetime. Plus, once you've had a kidney stone, you're at greater risk for developing another one. 

The side effects of passing a kidney stone, even in the mildest form, are unpleasant. Some patients say the pain rivals childbirth. If the stones are small enough (typically smaller than .5 mm), you can usually pass the stone on your own. Bigger stones could require surgery. Non-surgical treatments, such as shockwave lithotripsy, can help break up the stone for easier passing.

In terms of kidney stone prevention, lifestyle modifications, such as drinking more water, limiting salt intake, and avoiding certain foods, can help prevent stones from forming.

Whether you’re dealing with your first kidney stone or you’ve “been there, done that,” you should discuss your situation with a physician. Our board-certified urologists can outline the best treatment options and help get you back to feeling like yourself again.

"I had a very difficult kidney stone with an enlarged prostate and had 3 procedures. Dr. McCahill handled all 3 with great expertise, I am very pleased with the outcome."

"I have been going to Dr. Donovan for 15 years for treatment of kidney stones. I would highly recommend him to family and friends."

"I initially saw Dr. Liu for kidney stones, and he ended up finding and treating my prostate cancer as well. A smart guy, excellent surgeon (more than one hospital nurse commented on how he was the best), and I can tell he really cares about his patients. Discusses issues honestly and treats you like a partner in decision making. Hard to find a doctor like him these days. Highly recommended!"

"Dr. Lopushnyan is an exceptional doctor. I have had several kidney stones and I have a slew of health problems. When I was hospitalized she came to check on me multiple times -- contacted my other doctors and even walked me into the OR herself. I have full confidence in her."

"When I ended up at the ER with kidney stones I didn't know what to expect. They recommended Dr. Gould who was located right next door to Beth Israel - Milton. I called for an appointment and he saw me that same day. When does that ever happen? The staff were really great to deal with getting me registered quickly as well as scheduling my appointment at the end of the visit. Dr. Gould was patient and kind and really took the time to explain what was happening and what my options were. I felt like I was in great hands and left with a plan I was comfortable with moving forward. I would highly recommend Dr. Gould!"

"I had a kidney stone and was in a lot of pain. Dr. Gillard squeezed me into his schedule and came up with a plan to remove the stone the very next day. I was very grateful."

"Dr. Kraus and his team are top-notch in all respects, from diagnosis through treatment, procedures, ultrasound, care management and follow-up on each of my urological issues, including kidney stones and prostate inflammation."

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