About one in 10 Americans will develop kidney stones at some point during their lives. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, kidney stones increase your risk of serious infection and even kidney failure. At Greater Hartford Urology Group, the team of expert urologists specializes in diagnosing and treating kidney stones. Using safe, proven treatment methods, they can address the problem and help you feel better. To make an appointment, call one of the offices in Hartford, Enfield, or Glastonbury, Connecticut, and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
Kidney stones are tough, grainy deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys. Usually, they occur as a result of your urine becoming concentrated. This process allows for minerals to stick together and harden.
Most of the time, kidney stones pass on their own. Though painful, this usually doesn’t cause any long-term damage. Other times, kidney stones become lodged in the urinary tract. If this occurs, more invasive treatment may be necessary.
The symptoms of kidney stones vary and depend on their size and location. Common telltale signs of kidney stones include:
If your kidney stones cause an infection, you might also experience chills and a fever.
To diagnose kidney stones, your Greater Hartford Urology Group provider reviews your medical history, asks you questions about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. They also order blood tests to detect the levels of calcium or uric acid in your blood, and urine tests to see if you’re excreting certain stone-forming chemicals.
If these measures don’t provide enough information, your provider might also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an abdominal X-ray or a computerized tomography (CT) scan, to detect small kidney stones.
Treatment of kidney stones depends on the size of the stones and the symptoms you’re experiencing. If you have small stones, the team at Greater Hartford Urology Group usually recommends conservative treatments like drinking plenty of water, taking over-the-counter pain medication to minimize discomfort, and taking prescription medications to relax the muscles in your ureter.
If you have large kidney stones, your Greater Hartford Urology Group provider might recommend extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), a treatment method that uses soundwaves to break up the stones. For stones that don’t respond to ESWL, surgical intervention may be necessary.
If you suspect you have kidney stones, make an appointment at Greater Hartford Urology Group by calling the office or booking online today.