Treatment will depend on the size and location of your kidney stones. Treatment may include one or more of the following:
Drinking at least 2-3 quarts of water per day can help to flush a small stone. You may need to pee into a special cup to catch the stone. Your doctor may want to test the stone to find out what type it is.
Pain medicine may help with discomfort until the stone passes. Other medicine can help pass the stone.
stent may be placed
for a short time. The stent will help to keep the passage open to allow the stone to pass. It will help if there is too much swelling in the path that the stone has to pass through.
A small tube is passed up into the tract to the stone. The doctor will pass tools through this tube to remove the stone.
This option may treat large stones that are in the kidney. The doctor will pass a
through a small cut in the lower back. The stones are then broken into smaller pieces and removed.
Lithotomy is an open surgery used to remove stones. The doctor will need a large incision. It is rarely used. Less invasive options have shorter recovery times.
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