A kidney stone is a hard rock or crystalline particle in the urinary tract. Made from minerals and salts, these hard deposits often form when urine gets too concentrated, and the minerals crystallize and then stick together.
Kidney stones form inside your kidneys but can affect your entire urinary tract including your bladder. People of all ages can get kidney stones.
Kidney stones can be incredibly painful. You may not have any symptoms until the stone passes into the ureter, the tube that connects your kidney and bladder. When symptoms develop, they may include:
If you think you have a kidney stone, you should contact Summit Urology immediately. It’s best to not eat or drink anything before your appointment so that you can immediately receive treatment for your kidney stone.
Same-day appointments are always available, ensuring that kidney stones can be treated quickly as soon your doctor diagnosis them. Pain management solutions also keep you as comfortable as possible while you explore your treatment options.
Summit Urology provides advanced diagnostics and treatment technologies that include state-of-the-art X-ray facilities and a Dornier Compact Delta® lithotripsy unit for the treatment of kidney stones using shock waves. Over 90% of the procedures patients may require can be done on site. To ensure your comfort, anesthesiologists from the hospital come to Summit Urology when they’re needed.
Kidney stone treatments provided by the team at Summit Urology include:
For small stones that aren’t painful, your urologist may recommend observing the kidney stone to see if it will pass on its own. In this case, X-rays — often done at Summit Urology — are used to track the stone’s progress.
Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about kidney stone treatment at Summit Urology today.