Kidney Stones

Friday, June 10, 2016

A kidney stone is a small, hard deposit that forms in the kidneys and is often painful when passed. Dr. Edward Hill discusses kidney stones in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Kidney stones are small, hard mineral deposits that form inside our kidneys when we are dehydrated. When kidney stones move into the ureter, the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder, they sometimes cause a blockage. This blockage can end up causing severe pain and a trip to the emergency room.

A CT scan is usually performed to determine the size of the stone, the degree of blockage and how far down the ureter it has progressed. This helps to determine whether or not the stone is likely to pass on its own. If it is, certain medications are given to help the stone pass, as well as to help cope with the pain, nausea and vomiting.

Unfortunately, not all patients are able to tolerate their symptoms and some stones are simply too large to pass. For those stones, specially trained surgeons called urologists can use miniaturized telescopes, lasers and an outpatient procedure called lithotripsy to help break up the stones and allow for faster recovery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.