Category Archives: Kidney Stones

my husband have a 19 mm calculus in left renal pelvis and 5 mm calculus in left kidney. Is surgery the only remedy to remove it? Is there any other chance. Can it be cured by medicine?

The 19 millimeter (mm) stone is very large and will likely require surgery.  There are no medications that will reliably cause this large of stone to pass.  I do not perform surgery.  I am a nephrologist.  You should discuss this … Continue reading

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My gastroenterologist just suggested I take 1500 mg of Calcium daily, along with 400 mcg of Folate – because I form many polyps each year and need frequent Colonoscopies. He said these two supplements would help to prevent forming so many polyps. What I’m worried about is that I’ve had several bouts with kidney stones as an adult, and I’m worried these two supplements might cause more kidney stones? Needless to say, since they’re SO painful, I don’t want to take anything that may cause kidney stones. What is your opinion as a kidney doctor?

Taking extra calcium supplements can increase the risk of kidney stones, if you are passing calcium oxalate stones.  The most important aspect of preventing kidney stones is drinking extra water to keep your urine clear and dilute.  You should drink … Continue reading

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How to remove kidney stone? and I also have sugar problem. I am 62 years old.

A kidney stone must be evaluated by a urologist.  A urologist is a surgeon and also performs stone manipulation as well as lithotripsy of the stone.  I suggest you contact a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform … Continue reading

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I’m a sufferer of both kidney stones (struvite), and frequent UTI’s. For the last couple of weeks, I have had symptoms of significant swelling in my feet, lower legs, hands, and eyes. In just the last two days, I have started exhibiting symptoms of what I think is a UTI, however, I’m beginning to worry as I know that at last imaging, I have a stone in my right kidney. My current symptoms (along with those stated above) are pain in the bladder area, back pain in kidney area, bladder pressure when and when not urinating, and extreme fatigue and nausea. > My question to you is, should I see my family practitioner or go straight to a nephrologist or urologist for testing? Or even the ER? I’m very concerned that I either have CKD, or that there’s some type of blockage from the stone. I feel very ill. Hard to describe.

I suggest you start with your primary care physician (PCP).  The PCP will know you the best and can help you with appropriate referral.  In most cases, this will have to be handled by a urologist.  The stone must be … Continue reading

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My 12 year old daughter has had three stones in the past 18 months. We are trying to naturally prevent formation of additional stones. Do you know if using pure essential lemon oil is as effective as fresh squeeze lemon juice?

It is best if you have a specific diagnosis as to the cause of these kidney stones.  One of the stones should be analyzed to determine the chemical nature of the stones.  This will permit more accurate treatment, once you … Continue reading

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I get Oxalate stones and could you reccomend which Veggie burger would be the best? > Thanks

I do not recommend any specific veggie burger.  I suggest you review the information on our web site about diet at:  There is also a very good diet resource at:

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My 22 y/o son has a true pelvic kidney, which has produced stones, since his first pyeloplasty 11 years ago. Since that time, he has had many lithotripsy procedures. The nephrologist states it is all mechanical (stone formation). He had two 24 hour urine tests done in the past which showed nothing of relevance. We are so frustrated. I can not imagine him going through his life having to have these procedures every 18 – 24 months. He has had many CT scans, worried about the radiation. Any thoughts.

This is a urological problem.  This is a surgical problem.  I am a nephrologist and do not do surgery.  This problem needs to be addressed to a urologist who is a surgeon.

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I have a two(2) mm size stone. My urologist said I should not worry and if I were to pass the stone, I would probably not even feel it. Everything I am reading points to the contrary -except there is no size/pain scale. Is he correct in that diagnosis? At what point does it become painful?

Two (2) millimeter (mm) stones will generally pass the urinary system without much effort.  Stones less than 5 mm in diameter often pass without surgery and sometimes without much pain or discomfort.  Stones between 5 and 10 mm are hard … Continue reading

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I am 45 years old with a 17 year history of kidney stones. I can usually pass them on my own with pain and ureter dialators. My last episode was 3 years ago. Just this past month, I experienced kidney pain after having a dental procedure. I had laughing gas and numbing agents for a root canal. The pain went away after 2 hours. Yesterday I had surgery and was under for 1 hour. After I got home I experienced kidney pain for 5 hours. Is this normal with anesthesia?

Kidney pain after a dental procedure or anesthesia would be very unusual.  You may have passed another kidney stone.  To prevent kidney stones, you should drink plenty of water.  You should drink water until you have to get up at … Continue reading

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I recently had (2) kidney stones blasted. This was in Jan. 2015. Just recently I have been experinceing back pains and soreness on the left side of my back just like before I had the stones blasted. Is it possible that there are some more stones forming?

It is certainly possible.  As the stones are treated, a stent in your ureter is commonly left by the urologist.  This stent can also cause pain.  This is urology question.  I am a nephrologist and do not “blast” kidney stones … Continue reading

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