Kidney stones form when your kidneys filter out blood to create urine. The sediment that is filtered out can form stones that range in size from being as small as a grain of sugar to being up to several centimeters. Symptoms associated with kidney stones include abdominal and back pain, blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting and painful urination.
You should always seek medical attention for any intense abdominal pain, as it may be associated with a number of medical conditions. Your doctor may use X-rays, CT scans, urine tests and ultrasounds to determine if a stone is present.
If you are diagnosed with a kidney stone, NGPG Urology offers several different treatment options. Depending on how big your stone is, medical management may be offered to help the stone pass through your urinary tract on its own. Stones that are too big to pass naturally can be surgically removed. There are several different options including lithotripsy, uteroscopy, and percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Your doctor will determine which procedure is the best option to remove your kidney stones and discuss with you ways to prevent future kidney stones.