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What is kidney stones? Is it serious? Do they need to be removed or do they just go away on their own?

What is kidney stones? Is it serious? Do they need to be removed or do they just go away on their own?

Crystal chemicals: About 5% of americans have kidney stones, so it is not common. When the concentration of dissolved chemicals (70% calcium oxalate) in urine is too high, the chemical precipitates out of solution and makes solid crystals of the chemical.

Most stones pass spontaneously with conservative treatment (about 75%). ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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12mm kidney stone can it be removed without surgery?

12mm kidney stone can it be removed without surgery?

Maybe.: There are many ways to deal with stones. It depends on their composition, size and location. Usually a stone that size will require some sort of intervention, and may be amenable to eswl (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy). ...Read more

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How large a kidney stone can be removed by cystoscopy?

How large a kidney stone can be removed by cystoscopy?

Depends: If stones are too large to be removed they can be fragmented with a laser. ...Read more

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I had kidney stones surgically removed more than a year ago. The similar pains has resurfaced, can it be the same issue?

I had kidney stones surgically removed more than a year ago. The similar pains has resurfaced, can it be the same issue?

Likely: If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and waddles like a duck, I would assume that you are having recurrence of the same problem. You should check with the doctor who diagnosed the kidney stone issue before. ...Read more

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I had a kidney stone removed fri and accidentally removed the stint sat and im still having spasms n pain today (mon). Is this normal?

I had a kidney stone removed fri and accidentally removed the stint sat and im still having spasms n pain today (mon). Is this normal?

Ureter spasm: This is normal since if the stone was big enough to cause some irritation and injury to your ureter, this will take a few days for the inflammation and spasm to go down and for you to feel better. I'm not sure what medication regimen your urologist has given you but there are prescription medications that can help reduce the spasm. ...Read more

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Should a non obst. 11 mm kidney stone be removed?

Should a non obst. 11 mm kidney stone be removed?

1.1cm: Is a relatively large stone, and may lead to problems in the future, even though now it is non-obstructing. Discuss the risks/benefits with your Urologist in an informed decision making conversation/visit and decide the best option for your specific case. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had the same kidney stone for years. Dr isn't worried because it only hurts occasionally. I want it removed, how do I go about this?

I've had the same kidney stone for years. Dr isn't worried because it only hurts occasionally. I want it removed, how do I go about this?

Depends: It depends on the size and type of stone. Some stones can be pulverized by sound waves, lithotripsy, and the smaller fragments can pass through the urine. If that is not an option the stone may need to be removed surgically, either minimally invasive or open surgery. ...Read more

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Kidney stone. Dr removed the stone week and half ago made sure no other stone. Still in pain like I have a stone. Is it possible to form that fast.

Kidney stone. Dr removed the stone week and half ago made sure no other stone. Still in pain like I have a stone. Is it possible to form that fast.

No: Likely you ate still experiencing ureter irritability. Talk to your urologists about medications to help with this. ...Read more

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Is 6mm kidney stone removed by water?

Is 6mm kidney stone removed by water?

Here are some. ..: Largely, 85% of patients will pass a 4-mm stone through the ureter in 2 weeks; of course, it comes with price of pain. Meanwhile, a smaller stone than 4 mm doesn't mean it will pass and >4 mm up to 10 mm doesn't mean it will never pass. So, historical virification of the side and size of stone passed may be very useful for observation and reassurance. For individual detail, ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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Can you get kidney stones if your gallbladder is removed?

Can you get kidney stones if your gallbladder is removed?

Not usually: The formation of stones in these two organs are not usually related. ...Read more

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How long after kidney stones are removed should bleeding stop?

How long after kidney stones are removed should bleeding stop?

Bleeding: It should stop within days unless you are taking blood thinning medications or have bleeding abnormality. ...Read more

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What can happen if I don't have a kidney stone removed from ureter?

What can happen if I don't have a kidney stone removed from ureter?

Pass or obstruct.: A stone in the ureter may pass or it may obstruct the ureter. The likelihood that a stone will pass decreases significantly the larger it is, especially over 5mm. If the stone fails to pass, obstruction of urine can cause the kidney to swell in a process called hydronephrosis. Over time this can lead to increased risk of infection and kidney atrophy. Work with your urologist for options. ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out why did kidney stones come back after they were removed last year?

Is there a way to find out why did kidney stones come back after they were removed last year?

New: These are not resurrections of old stones, but new ones. Some people are predisposed to forming stones and will continue to do so. Staying well hydrated can help prevent this. ...Read more

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I was recommended to take vit k2 as I previously had kidney stones (removed) opinions? And why so?

I was recommended to take vit k2 as I previously had kidney stones (removed) opinions? And why so?

Calcium "director": While vit k is important in blood coagulation, vit k2 (menaquinone) is important in channeling calcium to bone to prevent osteoporosis, and in doing so, decreases available calcium from entering the urine. Should probably betaken in conjunction with vit d2/3 and daily exercise. ...Read more

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Should a 2 year old non obstructive kidney stone no pain but microscopic blood be removed or left alone?

Should a 2 year old non obstructive kidney stone no pain but microscopic blood be removed or left alone?

Depends: On size and location of stone, and other factors. Talk to your urologist. No space to go into all details here. ...Read more

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How long after my stent is removed can I go back to work? And is my kidney stone going to be removed the same day?

How long after my stent is removed can I go back to work? And is my kidney stone going to be removed the same day?

Depends: If you feel well enough, you could go back to work the same day the stent is removed. Depending on the nature of your work you could keep working with the stent in place. These items are best discussed with your doctor who has more information about your health and work. ...Read more

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I have 6 mm kidney stone. Should it will removed without operation. Its pain killing from last 3 days. What should I do?

I have 6 mm kidney stone. Should it will removed without operation. Its pain killing from last 3 days. What should I do?

Renal Colic-Emergenc: Kidney stone typically causes severe pain (it is called renal Colic) which requires a trip to the emergency room in the hospital. So if your pain is persistent, rush to the hospital for receiving pain medication and treatment for the kidney stone which a Urologisat can advise you once you receive the pain medicine first. Good luck ...Read more

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If you have a kidney stone blocking your tube and tests show only 10% funtion do you have to have your kidney removed or can it be saved?

Urologist: If the obstruction is successfully removed that kidney's function should improve significantly unless the damage done is irreversible. Usually a kidney is not removed unless there is malignancy or extensive abscess formation from infection or the damage causes recurrent infection. Your urologist will guide you. ...Read more

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Had kidney stones a few years ago but had no symptoms. Only routine u/a detected it. Stones removed. How can I tell if I have problem again?

Ask urologist: You can get tested again. You will have to ask your urologist regarding the recommendation to test or observe and wait for a problem. ...Read more

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Had pcnl a month ago for staghorn kidney stone, all stones removed now passing small red "stones" unlike any I've passed before, are they stones?

Had pcnl a month ago for staghorn kidney stone, all stones removed now passing small red "stones" unlike any I've passed before, are they stones?

Possibly.: After a major kidney procedure such as a pcnl for such a large stone. Stone fragments, sediment, and blood clots may pass for weeks. This should clear with time, but if you are concerned you could strain your urine (urinary stone strainers exist), and collect some of the debris. This can be examined by the physician in a followup visit. ...Read more

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Hundreds of kidney stones removed in past 20+ years is it advisable to continue with instrumentation such as this or is this just making things worse?

Hundreds of kidney stones removed in past 20+ years is it advisable to continue with instrumentation such as this or is this just making things worse?

Stones: Prevention is safer than intervention. 24 hr urine tests can tell how to best prevent further stones from growing or forming. Instrumentation has come a long way and is quite safe. ...Read more

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I have to have a kidney stone removed by percutaneous and am really scared what can I expect during the procedure and how long should I be in hospit?

I have to have a kidney stone removed by percutaneous and am really scared what can I expect during the procedure and how long should I be in hospit?

See Answer: Usual length of stay 1-2 days. May or may not have a nephrostomy tube placed. Discomfort/pain usually mild and controlled with oral pain meds. Potential risks include bleeding, infection, urine leakage, need for additional procedures. All your questions specific to your problem and planned procedure should be answered by your urologist before the procedure. This is what informed consent is for. ...Read more

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How is a kidney stone removed in the er?

How is a kidney stone removed in the er?

Kidney stone: Kidney stones are not generally removed in emergency room. Diagnosis is made. Pain medication fluids. Most sent home with pain medication strainer for urine and referral to urology for definitive management lithotripsy, surgical removal. If you pass stone save it sometimes stone analysis can dictate preventative measures such as dietary measures. ...Read more

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How painful is it to have a stent removed from after you have a kidney stone removed?

How painful is it to have a stent removed from after you have a kidney stone removed?

Some, but tolerable: Post-procedure ureteral stent can be removed by patient or urologist if a thread for self-pulling is attached, or by urologist under local anesthesia through cystoscope if no thread is attached to stent. Attaching a thread or not depends on how long the stenting is needed; if 1-2 weeks or longer, use non-threaded stent so to avoid accidental pull.. ...Read more

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What to do if I had kidney stone removed and I was told the put in a stent what is that?

What to do if I had kidney stone removed and I was told the put in a stent what is that?

A tube.: The ureter is a long tube-like structure connecting the kidney to the bladder. A stent is a metal mesh-like cylinder inserted into the ureter to help a kidney stone pass through the ureter, into the bladder, and out of your body. Often times, once the stone makes its exit, the ureteral stent is removed by the urologist. ...Read more

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After kidney stones are removed by lithotripsy --how long will your kidney hurt afterwards?

LITHOTRIPSY: This is a treatment to break up the stones. The stones have to pass afterward and that is when the pain comes if they're not small enough to go right through. ...Read more

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I had my kidney stone removed by scope and stent removed 6 days after. Is it normal to still feel pain?

Not Usually: Typically, after a stone is removed the the stent is removed, the pain goes away almost immediately. Sometimes, there is still some swelling in the ureter that could be giving continued pain or even possible a small stone fragment. I would check with your doctor with the pain persisting that long. ...Read more

Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more


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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. They can be extremely painful until they pass or are ...Read more