Kidney stones can occur at any age, and about one in 10 Americans will develop a kidney stone. Kidney stone symptoms often include severe pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever. If you suspect kidney stones, don't delay calling the experts at Broward Specialty Group, which has three convenient locations in Coconut Creek, Delray Beach, and Pompano Beach, Florida. To schedule an appointment, call the office, or request an appointment online today.
Kidney stones are small masses in your kidneys. They typically develop when your urine's overly concentrated, leading to small crystals made of calcium, oxalate, and uric acid binding together and forming kidney stones.
A kidney stone can be as tiny as a single grain of sand or as big as a golf ball. Smaller stones usually leave your kidney during urination. But, bigger stones can get stuck within the ureter, the slim tube that moves urine from your kidneys to your bladder.
Very small kidney stones may not cause any symptoms, but bigger stones can often cause issues, including:
These symptoms may also occur in other conditions, including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), kidney cancer, and bladder cancer. Visit Broward Specialty Group, promptly for diagnosis and treatment.
The Broward Specialty Group team performs a physical exam, reviews your symptoms, and takes a medical history to diagnose kidney stones.
Diagnosis typically includes urinalysis and blood tests and may include imaging tests like X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scan, ultrasound, and intravenous pyelogram. You may also need metabolic testing if a metabolic disorder is the suspected cause of your kidney stones.
Broward Specialty Group offers various types of kidney stone treatment. If you don't have any symptoms, your provider might recommend monitoring without immediate treatment. If you're having symptoms and need relief, your options might include:
Medication can relieve pain and is often combined with other types of therapy.
In ESWL, sound waves break your kidney stones into tiny pieces so you can pass them normally. ESWL is a noninvasive treatment requiring local anesthesia.
In ureteroscopy, a long ultraslim camera images the stone. The stone is then either removed with a tiny basket or broken up with laser lithotripsy before removal. Ureteroscopy is a noninvasive treatment with local anesthesia.
In PCNL, you have a small lower back puncture. Wires and dilators access the stone, and a nephroscope removes it. Your surgeon may destroy larger stones with a laser before nephroscope removal.
A urethral stent is a tiny tube that goes within your ureter tube between your kidney and bladder. Most kidney stone surgeries include a urethral stent, which encourages healing and prevents swelling. Stent removal is a simple in-office procedure.
If you suspect you have kidney stones, reach out to the team at Broward Specialty Group. You can schedule an appointment by calling the office or requesting one online.