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Kidney stones Treatments in Katy - Personal & Quality Care for Women in All Phases of Life
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Specialists offer treatments for different types of kidney stones in Katy

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Kidney stones treatments in Katy aren’t always necessary. Stones can pass with few symptoms and with patients taking little more than OTC medications for pain.

What are kidney stones?

When minerals and acid salts in kidneys clump together they become hard stones. Urine that is concentrated with substances like calcium oxalate and uric acid give rise to these deposits. Your urine may also lack substances that keep minerals from crystallizing and sticking together.

When is it kidney stones and not something else?

Stones may be small enough that they don’t cause problems or they may not be symptomatic until they pass into the ureter tube that connects your kidney and bladder. Kidney stone pain is very distinctive, and often radiates from the side and back under the ribs to the lower abdomen and groin. The pain may come in waves, and may also be experienced when you urinate. The urge to go is often great and, when you do go, urine may appear cloudy, pink, or brown and smell foul. Your stomach may be upset, and you may have a fever and chills.

Tests measure the concentration of minerals in your blood and urine and can rule out conditions whose symptoms mimic kidney stones, including:
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Ulcers
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
Imaging also shows stones that are present in your urinary tract.

When might I need treatment?

As specialists, the doctors can treat even large stones, and prevent bleeding, kidney damage, and other complications. Pain medications or drugs to relax the ureter muscles can help stones pass more quickly and comfortably. Drinking water until your urine is clear is also encouraged. Surgery may be needed, especially if the stone becomes lodged in your urinary tract.

The doctors can also discuss diet and other factors that help prevent future stones.

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