Category Archives: Kidney Stones

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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My husband has suffered kidney stones 20 years. Since Nov 14, he has had nothing but trouble.  He started with a stone in his right kidney 6mm.  He had a stent fitted and then had a operation in Jan 15 to take it out.  While having the operation, they found a 7mm stone in the left kidney which they left in for some reason? He had another stent fitted for 6 weeks of discomfort again. He had an operation in May for that one, which they said they had taken out, however he has been admitted again yesterday as the pain started again, and he was told there is a 6mm stone in his urethra.  Surely he can’t have reproduced another stone so big so quick?

The problem that you describe is a urological problem.  This is a problem for a surgeon.  I am a nephrologist and not a surgeon.  Your husband should be consulting a urologist to remove all of his current stones.  Once this … Continue reading

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Doctor My mother was suffering from urine infection since two months. Regular antibiotics were given by the doctor but problem remains the same. Then doctor suggested the ultrasound and found some problem with left keydney. The IVP test was done its findings says POORLY EXCRETING LEFT KIDNEY WITH UPPER URETERIC CALCULI. Then doctor suggest two ways: One that some pipe will be inserted in the kidney for ten days so that infection and stone will be drain out….and if this doesn’t happen kidney and stone has to be removed. Another doctor said open surgery will be beneficial for draining the infection. Please suggest us what will be the best treatment for my mother? Her age is 64.

The question that you ask is a urological question.  This question should be addressed to a urologist, who is a surgeon.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery.  I have no expertise in the area that you describe. … Continue reading

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My mom has a uric acid kidney stone. What kind of healthy grains can she eat? A lot of (potatoes, yams)? I am getting confused because the websites I am looking all all give conflicting advice. I do not think that always eating a lot of white non-whole grains is that great.

I suggest that your mother follow a DASH diet.  This diet is low in salt and can help to prevent kidney stones.  You can review the DASH diet at:

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I have a strange back pain in my lower abdomen. I have no nausea or vomiting right now, although I had those symptoms yesterday. Do I have kidney stones?

Kidney stones are only one possibility.  There are many causes of abdominal pain and nausea with vomiting.  I suggest you contact your primary care physician for examination if your symptoms persist.

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