Kidney and ureteral stones are common, in fact, 1 in every 10 people will develop a stone at some point in their lifetime. These stones form when urine becomes too concentrated, causing salts and minerals to build up in your kidneys and form hard deposits.
You may be at a higher risk of developing a stone if:
- You aren’t drinking enough water or taking enough bathroom breaks throughout the day
- You are inactive or overweight
- You frequently drink alcohol
- You have a chronic health condition like diabetes or hypertension
Common stone symptoms include:
- Sharp, cramping pain in the back, side, or lower abdomen
- Blood in your urine
- Painful urination
- Increased urgency to urinate
- Nausea and/or vomiting
If you suspect you have developed a stone, our Immediate Care Centers, led by board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians, are available to provide care for you today.
If you are diagnosed with a stone, our Immediate Care Center team will determine how to manage your symptoms, and what treatment option is most appropriate for you. In some cases a stone can be passed simply by increasing your water intake and taking pain medications, as prescribed, if needed. When the stone is larger, it may become lodged in the urinary tract, or if an infection is present, surgery may be necessary to remove the stone.
Passing a kidney stone can be painful, but typically doesn’t cause any long-term damage if they are diagnosed and treated quickly. Should surgery be recommended for you, our highly-skilled urologists are able to perform surgery on an outpatient basis, at our Surgical Center in Lombard, often in as little as 48 – 72 hours from the time of your diagnosis.