Kidney Stone Treatment and Care
Kidney stones are small stones that form inside the kidneys when salt and minerals that are normally in the urine build up and harden. Kidney stones typically get carried out of the body during urination, but sometimes they can become stuck.
Kidney stone symptoms often include pain, blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting and the need to urinate quickly. If your primary care physician believes you have acute or chronic kidney stones, they may order an imaging test or refer you to a nephrologist.
How We Can Help
The Wichita Nephrology Group offers innovative and complete care for patients with acute or chronic kidney stones. Our multidisciplinary care teams are dedicated to the accurate diagnosis, management and prevention of kidney stones.
Kidney Stone Treatment
Although each person’s treatment is a little different due to different variables, stones that do not pass on their own can may be treated with:
- Shock wave lithotripsy, a machine that uses sound waves to break up stones into smaller pieces.
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, a special kind of surgery that makes very small holes in your skin so the doctor can pass tiny tools through the holes and into the kidney, removing the stones.
- Ureteroscopy, a thin tube that goes into your body the same way urine comes out; doctors use tools at the end the tube to break up or remove stones.
Your doctor or nurse may tell you which foods to avoid and might also prescribe you new medicines to prevent kidney stones.
What You Should Do
If you do not already have an appointment with the Wichita Nephrology Group, your primary care physician will need to call and schedule your first appointment. Once you have an appointment in place, you may review the Your Visit page to find out what you can do to prepare for the visit and to determine what you should bring.Find Out What To Expect
Better Your Health Through Education
At Wichita Nephrology Group, we care about each one of our patients. Our goal is to better your health through education, medical assistance (if necessary) and a change in lifestyle.
Questions or Need More Information?
New patients are typically referred to the Wichita Nephrology Group by their primary care physician. If you are an existing patient or have questions, you may contact us directly at (316) 263-5891 or 1-800-234-4565.