Every year around 500,000 people end up in the emergency room because of the pain of kidney stones. If you have kidney stones, you can count on expert treatment from Jose Maymi, MD, a board-certified urologist practicing in Brownsville, Texas. Dr. Maymi offers customized care to relieve your pain, help you pass the stone, and reduce your risk of future kidney stones. Call Dr. Maymi or make an appointment online today.
A kidney stone is a small deposit of minerals and salts that forms in your kidneys. Your kidneys filter waste products from your blood and create urine. If you don’t have enough liquid, the minerals can clump together to form a stone.
Kidney stones can stay in your kidneys, or they may pass out of your body through your urinary tract. In rare cases, the stone will grow so large that it blocks your ureters and leads to a kidney infection.
Several factors contribute to your risk of kidney stones including the amount of calcium, oxalate, and uric acid in your blood, dehydration, and eating a diet that’s high in protein, salt, and sugar.
It’s possible to pass a small kidney stone without even noticing. However, if you pass a larger kidney stone, the most common symptom is pain in your back and sides that may spread to your abdomen and groin. You may also notice:
You may also find that you have a persistent need to urinate or that you urinate more often than usual, but release only a small amount of urine.
Dr. Maymi begins your treatment with a physical exam and tests to confirm your diagnosis. He takes urine and blood samples and may recommend a digital imaging study such as an ultrasound to locate and examine your kidney stone.
He offers customized treatments to address your specific needs including both medical and surgical management of your condition. For example, he may prescribe medicine to reduce your pain while passing a stone.
However, if your kidney stone is large, he may use treatments such as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy to break up your kidney stone into smaller pieces that can pass out of your body more efficiently. He may also recommend minimally invasive surgical procedures such as a ureteroscopy or a percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) to locate and remove your stone.
If you’re concerned about kidney stones, call Dr. Maymi or schedule a consultation online today.