Kidney Stone Treatment in OKC
Helping patients from Oklahoma City, Moore, Mustang, Newcastle, Norman, and the Surrounding Areas with Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are a painful yet common condition. About 11 percent of men and 6 percent of women will deal with kidney stones to some extent in their lifetimes.
Luckily for residents of the Oklahoma City area, the board-certified urologists at Water View Park Urology have years of experience treating patients with kidney stones. If you’re experiencing symptoms of kidney stones, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Give our office a call at (405) 271-7987 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We’ve helped patients from OKC, Norman, Mustang, Moore, Newcastle and the surrounding areas deal with their kidney stones, and we can help you too!
What Are Kidney Stones?
When high levels of minerals and salt exist in the kidneys, they can form a clump of matter known as a kidney stone. These stones may stay inside of the kidney, where they will not cause any further harm.
The real problem begins when these kidney stones enter the ureter and block urine from traveling through the ureter to the bladder. This blockage caused by the kidney stone becomes very painful and can require surgery if they do not pass on their own.
What are the Symptoms of Kidney Stones?
Other than pain, patients with kidney stones often experience symptoms such as:
- Persistent need to urinate or frequent urination
- Cloudy or discolored urine, usually pink, red, or brown in color
- Foul-smelling urine
- Fever or chills, which typically occurs when there is an infection present
- Pain radiating from the lower abdomen and groin, or in the back below the ribs
- Nausea and vomiting
- Painful urination
What are the Types of Kidney Stones?
Not all kidney stones are the same. The exact type of kidney stone will determine the course of action used to treat the patient’s kidney stones. These types of kidney stones include:
- Calcium stones (most common)
- Uric acid stones
- Struvite stones
- Cystine stones
To determine the type of kidney stones you are dealing with, you’ll need to speak with a urologist.
Treatment for Kidney Stones in Mustang, OK
The method of treatment will depend on the particular type of kidney stone that has developed, but many of these stones are treated in similar ways.
Most often, kidney stones will pass naturally. You can aid this process by drinking lots of water and taking over-the-counter pain medicine to help with pain management. It can take about four to six weeks for a kidney stone to pass. This may seem like a long time, but it is safe to continue trying to pass a kidney stone on your own so long as the pain is manageable and there are no present signs of an infection. If you suspect that there may be an infection spreading within your kidney or ureter, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Some medications have been shown to help increase the body’s ability to pass kidney stones. Such medications work by relaxing the ureter, which provides the kidney stone with ample room to make its way to the bladder, where it will finally exit the body through urination. Prescription-strength painkillers may also be necessary depending on each individual case.
Surgery may be necessary if the pain becomes too great, or if the ureter becomes completely blocked and begins to affect kidney function. The modern technology utilized at Water View Park Urology allows for this surgery to be minimally invasive with minor recovery time. The most common types of surgery for kidney stone removal include:
- Ureteroscopy (URS)
- Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL)
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
Schedule a Kidney Stones Consultation
If you are struggling with pain or an infection caused by kidney stones, please schedule an appointment at our office in Oklahoma City to discuss your treatment options. Give our office a call at (405) 271-7987 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We’re located just a short drive from Norman, Mustang, Moore, and Newcastle.