Most kidney stones are small enough to eventually pass through the urinary tract without further complications. To facilitate this, your doctor will likely advise you to:
If the stone does not pass on its own, your doctor has several treatment options. The goals of treatment are to remove the stone and to reduce the chance that you will develop another one.
The treatment and management of kidney stones involve the following:
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Last reviewed March 2017 by Adrienne Carmack, MD Last Updated: 3/15/2015