Category Archives: Kidney Stones

I am 59 and Male. 25 years ago I had lithotripsy and have been passing little pieces of stone off and on since. It is very painful. Should I have lithotripsy again? Or can have it again to avoid more pain?

The question that you ask is a urological problem.  I am a nephrologist and have no experience in lithotripsy and stone management.  A urologist is a surgeon and deals with stones and lithotripsy.  As a nephrologist, I would recommend that you … Continue reading

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I have been suffering with chronic kidney stones for five years now. I thought it was getting better; however recently my case has gotten worse. I just had sound wave treatment on my left kidney 06/12/2015 and a KUB done on 09/08/2015 showed my kidney completely full again. I also had the sound wave done on my right kidney 08/27/2015, as well as a stent placed. I’ve had a lot of complications with my right kidney since this procedure and even ended up in the E.R. twice. I still have the stent in and cannot have it removed until an infection is completely gone. I feel like I have tried everything and nothing works. I’m tired of suffering and having to be put on Morphine, Dilaudid, and Toradol on a monthly bases. If there is any advice you can give me, I would greatly appreciate it.

I suggest that you have all of the stones removed from your kidneys first and then you should consult with a nephrologist about what is causing your kidney stones and how you can prevent kidney stones.  A urologist, who is … Continue reading

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I am from India. My wife had a 20 mm kidney stone in her right kidney and 13mm stone in left kidney in 2012. She got through a kidney surgery to remove 20 mm stone in 2012. The 13 mm stone is still present in her left kidney. We were planning to get another surgery. Today we had another ultrasound and shockingly two more stones were formed in her right kidney of size 5 mm and 6 mm. What should I do now. Very tough situation to handle! Please help as soon as possible. The

The problem that you describe is a urological problem and must be handled by a urologist.  A urologist is a surgeon who deals with kidney stones and surgical manipulation of stones.  The urologist must first remove all of the stone … Continue reading

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I have done the IVU for my kidney stone and it confirmed the presence of a 2.5 cm renal stone in right kidney. Pyelogram – Both PC system are well opacified. Right is mildly dialated & left is not dialated. The radio opaque shadow that mention is control film are superimposed over right renal pelvis and left renal lower calyx. What would be the treatment for this?

This is a problem that must be reviewed and addressed by a urologist.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  You have a very large stone and this must be reviewed by a urologist who is a surgeon … Continue reading

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I have an 1 mm kidney stone that isn’t going to move out of my kidney. Should it be taken out if there are no symptoms? This will be my 3rd large stone in 15 years.

This is a very small kidney stone.  Stones that are less than 5 millimeters (mm) in diameter will generally pass without surgery or lithotripsy.  If you are having no symptoms, it is usually not necessary to perform any invasive procedure. … Continue reading

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I have a impacted large stone in my left side and a nephrostomy tube and wire was inserted 3 weeks ago. I also have a 15mm stone in my right kidney with a stent in place and am scheduled for shock wave this week. My question is, is there any medical reason or wait time (ie to wait for results of lithotripsy) for delay of surgery on the left side kidney with impacted stone. Does one stone have to be taken care of before the other?

The question that you ask is a surgical and urological question.  I am a nephrologist and have no expertise in surgery or lithotripsy.  I suggest that you ask this question of your urologist.

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I have a history of kidney stones. My urologist says kidneys are not functioning properly and should be checked once we get stones taken care of. My endocrinologist says I have Hypercalcemia with kidney stone, most likely due to primary hyperparathyroidism and should consider surgery to remove parathyroid. Calcium levels have been high and have mild renal insufficiency. Had stones removed from both kidneys within the past two weeks. WBC 14.7; RBC 5.73; Glucose 158; Bun 24; Creatinine 1.7; Calcium 10.5; Alf Phos 162; GFR AF 38.32; GFR Non AP 31.67. Will followup with urologist in 10 days to remove stent and talk about kidneys. He’s gone now for a few days. My question today is ” how critical is it to have tests to determine kidney function done S00N? Or can it be put off for a couple of months? Expecting a new grandson in October but looks like there may be problems before then and they may need my help, so would require being away from home for several weeks.” Or should I get kidneys checked out right away?

I am unable to give medical advice without performing a complete history and physical examination.  From your description, it is very likely that you have a parathyroid adenoma that is causing your kidney stones.  You will likely continue to develop … Continue reading

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My wife had a kidney stone. So she underwent an operation and the doctor implanted a tube on her kidney. They called it laser operation, but later on we never notice that it has to remove. How long can it last in her kidney? and what is the risk? For now, its almost 2 years and still it hasn’t been removed yet.

The stent should have been removed shortly after the stone was passed. This is a urological problem.  I suggest you contact a urologist and have this stent removed, if it is still in place from the kidney to the bladder.

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Both my Mother and Father had kidney stones, are they hereditary?

If your father and your mother both have kidney stones, you are also very likely to get kidney stones. The tendency to pass kidney stones is passed down in families.

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My boyfriend was diagnosed with a kidney stone on Saturday. The ER doctor said that it is either in the bladder or close to it and that it should pass the rest of the way with no problem. Sunday he experienced not being able to ejaculate during sex. Today, again, he experienced the same thing. He has no trouble getting an erection and feels the urge to ejaculate but nothing comes out. What is causing this?

If your boyfriend has a stone, this could be causing blockage of the tube from the bladder through the penis known as the urethra.  If this is the case, your boyfriend should be examined by a urologist.  A urologist is … Continue reading

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