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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Trushar Dungarani
11 years experience in Internal Medicine
Stone composition: Some patients' stones won't break during lithotripsy. Some stone substances are too hard to be broken by the shock waves. At this point, other surgica ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience in Radiology
Do you mean: Lithotripsy? If so, it uses high energy sound waves to break up kidney stones into smaller pieces that the patient can then pass in their urine.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Obesity: Yes. Of course. In this specific case blasting it means sound waves or 'shock waves'. If there is too much tissue then this would not work.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
43 years experience in Internal Medicine
Kidney stone care: Kidney stones tend to move with high activity or jostling activity. To manage this carefully and conservatively, I recommend you rest, drink 2 to 3 l ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
39 years experience in General Practice
CT Scan: Normally today, most stones are seen on a non-contrasted ct scan of the abdomen.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience in Endocrinology
Kidney stones.: this is a very complex issue but basically the urine becomes supersaturated with a material that settles out and forms stones. Good discussion in wik ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
26 years experience in Urology
Depends: It depends on the type of stone, your fluid intake, genetics, and your body's tendency to excrete certain compounds. Since there are so many factors, ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience in Radiology
Water, water, water: Drink plenty of water. Dehydration increases the risk of both kidney stones and kidney infections. Think of the water you drink as diluting the othe ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience in Urology
Here are...: How ; when to remove stones inside kidney? Surgeon has to consider the size/stone load, density, location, availlable technology, and patient's unders ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Mathew
17 years experience in Internal Medicine
Kidney stones: There are many causes for kidney stones. Diagnosis is made by combination of urinalysis, ultrasound of the kidneys, ct scan (non-contrast) or by stra ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
At any age: Kidney stones can develop at any time from birth onwards. Newborns can develop stones as result of medication such as lasix (furosemide). Stones can d ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Porch
39 years experience in General Practice
Time: If the stone is a passable size (5 millimeters or less), given time, the ureter which it is passing through will contract to pass the stone through in ... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
39 years experience in Anesthesiology
Whole GB removed: When done laparoscopic, the gallbladder is taken out with a small basket after cutting across the base, with a goal of keeping all of the stones in t ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Golden
20 years experience in Urology
Quite Variable: Several factors, primarily stone size and patient anatomy, determine how long a stone will take to pass. Larger stones generally take longer to get t ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience in Endocrinology
Kidney stone: Depends on where it is causing the problem. Thru bladder is common if in bladder. Look in bladder and may be able to crush it and take it out.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emerson Knight
47 years experience in Urology
Calcium oxalate ston: the speed with which a stone forms depends on the supersaturation of your urine with substances that cause stones .black stones are usually calcium o ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience in Pathology
Drink lots of water.: Drinking lots of fluids is likely the most effective way to stop kidney stones from forming. Limiting protein intake also helps.
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A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Forget it: And be thankful that you have modern, scientific options. Anyone offering you a supplement, 'pop' remedy, or 'superfood' to relieve you of kidney ston ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience in Urology
Here are some ...: Considering the following - size, shape, density, and site of stones inside kidney; detailed anatomical structure of kidney; prior Hx of how to manage ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience in General Surgery
Gallstones: Gallstones are made up of bile crystals or cholesterol crystals that grow over time into gallstones. They can form when the bile chemical makeup is un ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roscoe Nelson
27 years experience in Urology
Pain: Having had a stone myself, nothing quite compares. Stones usually only hurt if you try to pass them. If they are in your kidney they may cause blood ... Read More
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience in Ophthalmology
Kidney strictures: Have you had an evaluation to see what is cause of stricture? Diet changes can help with kidney stones but cause of stricture determines best treatme ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Golden
20 years experience in Urology
Depends on size : Kidney stones can be fragmented with shockwaves (focused sound waves) directed at the stone, broken up with a laser directed by a scope or crushed wit ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience in Radiology
Yes: They may.

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