Every year, more than 500,000 people visit the emergency room in the United States because of symptoms caused by kidney stones. These solid deposits that form in your kidneys can affect any part of your urinary system and cause pain and problems with urination. Board-certified urologist, Jaspreet Singh, DO, at Premier Medical Group, with offices in Kingston and Newburgh, New York, offers advanced diagnostic testing and treatments to alleviate your kidney stone symptoms. To schedule a consultation, contact the office nearest you by phone or online today.
Kidney stones, medically known as nephrolithiasis or renal stone disease, are hardened deposits made up of minerals that form in your kidneys. You develop the stones when there’s an imbalance of minerals in your urine. The imbalance may develop from:
You may be at risk of developing kidney stones if you have certain medical conditions, such as renal tubular acidosis, hyperparathyroidism, or frequent urinary tract infections. The typical American diet, excess salt and protein intake, may also contribute to the development of kidney stones.
You can have a kidney stone for years and not know it. They tend to only cause symptoms when they move within your kidneys or to your ureter. Common kidney stone symptoms include:
Your kidney stone symptoms may change as the stone moves through your urinary system. You should contact Dr. Singh at Premier Medical Group if your pain is severe or you have blood in your urine.
Dr. Singh diagnoses kidney stones after a comprehensive evaluation. During your evaluation, Dr. Singh reviews your symptoms and medical history, as well as your diet and lifestyle. He then performs a physical exam and runs diagnostic tests, such as blood work, urinalysis, and imaging tests.
Dr. Singh develops individualized treatment plans for kidney stones based on the size of your stone and your symptoms. If your symptoms are mild and your stones small, he takes a conservative approach and aims his treatment plan at helping you pass the stone on your own, which may include:
For severe symptoms and/or large stones, Dr. Singh may recommend extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), which uses sound waves to break up the stone to make it easier for you to pass. Laser treatment may also be recommended to help break up the stone.
For expert care for your kidney stones from an experienced urologist, contact Premier Medical Group by phone or online today.