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A kidney stone is a small, hard, crystallized piece of material that forms in the kidney. Kidney stones, or renal lithiasis, is common condition that affects both men and women. In most instances, kidney stones are flushed out of the body in the urine without any problems.
If a kidney stone becomes stuck in the ureter, it can cause severe pain and discomfort. Left untreated, kidney stones can lead to life-threatening medical problems, such as kidney infection and kidney damage. If you would like to learn more about treatment for kidney stones in Arizona, Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health.
Kidney Stone Symptoms
Smaller kidney stones are typically flushed out of the body without any symptoms. The main symptoms of large kidney stones include:
- Sharp, stabbing pain in area between the ribs and hip in the lower back
- Pain and discomfort in the abdomen or groin
- Heavy sweating
- Difficulty urinating
- Blood in the urine
If you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, speak with an experienced doctor at Dignity Health for diagnosis and personalized treatment.
Kidney Stone Causes
A kidney stone is a calcium deposit, sometimes containing amino acids or uric acid. They start as very small specks and may gradually grow larger.
There are many things that make you more likely to develop kidney stones. Kidney stone risk factors are:
Kidney Stone Treatment at Dignity Health
Treatment for kidney stones depends on the severity of the problem. While small stones usually pass through the urine without issue, larger stones may require medical treatment at a Dignity Health hospital or outpatient care center. Initially, your doctor may recommend that you drink fluids to dilute your urine and help flush the stone. Medications to relax the ureters and for pain can help this process go more smoothly and comfortably. If these do not work well enough, doctors at Dignity Health may use shock wave therapy to crush the stone(s), or kidney stone surgery to remove them.
If you need to go to the ER, use our InQuicker™ online tool to select your estimated hospital arrival time and wait at home until your time to be seen. Upon arrival and check-in, you will see a nurse who will assess your situation and determine the next appropriate level of care. Dignity Health provides a range of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures to effectively treat kidney stones in Arizona.