Am I at Risk for Developing Kidney Stones?

No one wants to hear these four words: “You have kidney stones.” 

But if you’re not aware of your risk factors for kidney stones, you might set yourself up to hear exactly that. 

Dr. W. Cooper Buschemeyer, III, board-certified urologic surgeon at Stone Relief Center in The Woodlands, Texas, knows all too well how surprising it can be to hear you have kidney stones. 

To mitigate your risk of developing this painful condition, know your risk factors — or if it’s too late, know your treatment options. 

Risk factors for kidney stones

A few things can influence whether you’re likely to develop kidney stones. In particular, the following risk factors can exponentially increase your risk: 

Other factors, such as digestive disorders, certain medical conditions, medications, vitamins, and supplements, can all impact your risk for kidney stones. If you think you might be at risk, get in touch with Dr. Buschemeyer to schedule a kidney stone consultation.

Treatment for kidney stones

Rejoice in the fact that passing kidney stones naturally isn’t the sole option anymore. Thanks to medical advancements, there are several ways to get rid of kidney stones that don’t involve peeing them out — and Dr. Buschemeyer offers several at Stone Relief Center. 

Here are a few ways to get rid of kidney stones. Dr. Buschemeyer can help you determine which treatment is best for you: 

Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL)

This procedure revolutionized kidney stone treatment. ESWL is completely noninvasive, requiring zero incisions. 

During this procedure, Dr. Buschemeyer uses a device called a lithotripter to send shock waves through your skin and other tissues. The shock waves obliterate your kidney stones into tiny fragments so your body can pass them through your urinary system. 

Ureteroscopy

To perform a ureteroscopy, Dr. Buschemeyer threads a tiny catheter through your urethra, ureter, and bladder to reach the kidney stone. The stone then passes through the catheter. You may need a ureteral stent after this procedure to make sure your kidney drains properly. 

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy

Dr. Buschemeyer might use this procedure if ESWL and ureteroscopy won’t work. This method is typically used for larger stones, and it involves removing the stones through a scope, which is inserted through a small incision in your lower back. 

Are you suffering from kidney stones? Get in touch with Stone Relief Center right away to consult with Dr. Buschemeyer, our leading expert in kidney health. Call our office at 281-674-8021 or request an appointment through our online scheduling tool.

 

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