What would be the best treatment for kidney stones aside from surgery?

Mostly nonsurgical. Basic treatment and management consists of consuming lare volumes of water and maintaining a low salt diet. Flomax (tamsulosin) by mouth can increase spontaneous passage of small stones. Larger stones should respond to eswl (electroshockwave lithotripsy). Other stones can be broken up by ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy technically non-surgical. Get stone and urine analysis ? Preventable metabolic problem.
Attempt at passing. For ureteral stones, you may opt for a trial of passage. Passage rates can be predicted based on stone size, location at presentation and duration of presence. The larger the stone ( > 4-5 mm), the longer it's been trying to pass and the earlier in the ureter it gets stuck all suggest lower likelihood of passage. Some meds aid in passage. Stones in the kidney < 4mm can be watched for growth.
Wait. Most kidney stones will pass on their own with pain control (from Ibuprofen or occasionally narcotics), plenty of fluids, and time. Stones that are large may not pass; the state of the art for many is lithotripsy, when stones are broken up by intense ultrasound waves, leaving a fine(r) gravel that should pass much more easily.

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My child has 7mm kidney stone on right kidney. What is the possible treatment for this? Medicine that breaks the kidney stone or surgery?

Kidney stone. In a child, your doctor would direct you according to history, physical exam and imaging studies to detect the site of the stone in the urinary tract and whether there are any complications, e.g. Blockage of urine flow, check this link for more information http://www.uptodate.com/contents/kidney-stones-in-children-beyond-the-basics?source=outline_link&view=text&anchor=H9#H9. Read more...

What is the best treatment for complications from kidney stone?

Depends. Depends on the nature of complication........Hydrnephrosis will need stenting, pyelonephritis will need additinal antibiotic, renal failure will need dialysis/ultrfiltration, pain med, ....... Read more...
Here are some ... Timely consultation and collaboration with Doc for timely intervention is the key to minimize stone-related complications. But, still remember nothing is free and no magic in life & medicine; it any, that is, to apply currently available knowledge, skill, technology, drug, commonsense, and wisdom at reasonable time in reasonable way to reasonable persons. So, work with Doc closely. Read more...

What is the best treatment for a 1 CM kidney stone? This is my first stone.

Fluids. 24 hour urine collection for a snap shot of what goes on inside the kidney and then therapy can be tailored. Untill then drink enough water to make about 2.5 liters of urine or untill urine is white in color. Read more...

What's the best treatment to get rid of kidney stones?

Hydration. The best "home" remedy for kidney stone prevention is increasing fluid (primarily water) intake. Lemonade is also good for most people with stone disease. Restricting salt and protein may also help. For acute stone attacks, you should seek medical attention and possible evaluation by a urologist. Read more...
Stone prevention. Start with 2 liters of water daily....No pop....No beer....No ice tea....Water.....Limit salt intake, this is one of the most over looked stone risk factors.....Just those 2 things can reduce stone recurrence by 50%. Read more...

What's the best treatment for pain due to kidney stones in an atrophied kidney?

See a urologist. Symptoms & infections are indications for treatment. An important question is if there is any function left in the kidney. If not, the kidney is not doing any good except serving as a potential source of serious infection, and should be removed surgically. If the kidney should be saved, the stones can be removed bu stone procedures. Speak to your urologist to discuss the options. Read more...

What's the best treatment for severe pain from kidney stones in the ureter?

Depends. In the er, toradol is helpful both as a pain reliever and relaxes the ureter, easing the pain. Alpha-blockers like Flomax (tamsulosin) are smooth muscle relaxants and may also help. Read more...
Drink water +. Don't forget to drink plenty of water, strain the urine, save the stone for analysis. You may need stronger pain medications. But passing the done is key. Have you had this evaluated yet? Read more...
Depends upon pain. First address pain, consider narcotics if necessary for very severe pain. Next evaluate because treatment will depend upon stone size + degree of possible obstuction present. Small stones up to 5mm diameter should pass spontaneously aided by high fluid intake and Flomax (tamsulosin) to dilate ureter. May require temporary ureteral stent placement to relieve both pain and obstrucion if either very severe. Read more...

If I have a kidney stone, what are some of the best treatments?

Dietary changes. The best option is prevention. Increase your fluid intake. Once a stone is present, still increase water intake to prevent growth of the stone. Fresh lemon juice with water daily will help prevent kidney stone formation. Avoid caffeine, chocolates, and teas (hot or cold). If there is pain, surgery with a laser or shock wave treatment will be required to break up the stone and remove the fragments. Read more...
Stones. Depends on the size and position in the kidney. Shockwave lithotripsy may be the best option in the kidney. If in the ureter, lithotripsy or ureteroscopic basket extraction is usually done. Read more...