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5 Types of Kidney Stones Jun 10th, 2021

Each year, more than a half a million Americans end up in the emergency room because of kidney stones. And about one in 10 people nationwide will develop a kidney stone at some point during their life. Our team at Stone Relief Center in The Woodlands, Texas, has the expertise...

When Is Surgical Kidney Stone Removal Needed? May 16th, 2021

A properly functioning kidney removes fluid and waste from your blood to produce urine. But if you don’t eliminate the waste or get enough fluid in your kidneys, the buildup of both can stick together, causing kidney stones. Not all kidney stones cause pain. Some are very small and pass...

How to Minimize Kidney Stone Pain Apr 8th, 2021

When you have a kidney stone, you want relief fast, especially when it causes intense pain, as it often does.  At Stone Relief Center in The Woodlands, Texas, board-certified urologic surgeon William Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, leads our team in kidney stone pain management. We have the expertise to diagnose...

How Does Diet Impact Kidney Stones? Mar 11th, 2021

Kidney stones result from the crystallization of certain substances, usually calcium, in your kidneys. They generally don’t cause issues until they start to pass. Larger stones can get caught, causing intense pain, though usually no lasting damage.  When you’re felled by the pain of a passing stone, contact us at...

Benefits of a Ureteral Stent Feb 9th, 2021

If you have a kidney stone, chances are you know it. Some of the obvious signs include sharp pain in your side, back, and below your ribs.  The pain can move to the lower part of your stomach and groin area. The feeling happens sporadically, and its intensity fluctuates. You...

Can Kidney Stones Go Away on Their Own? Jan 11th, 2021

Kidney stones develop in about one out of 11 Americans. They tend to be more prevalent among men, diabetics, and obese people. Small kidney stones don’t typically cause problems, and you might not feel any pain or any symptoms. Larger ones can cause severe pain, but most stones pass on...

What To Expect During and After a Ureteroscopy Dec 6th, 2020

If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you’re familiar with the severe pain it can cause. A ureteroscopy procedure might be the answer to getting rid of your kidney stone and relieving your pain. At Stone Relief Center, our board-certified urologic surgeon, William Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, and our team...

Do Women Get Kidney Stones? Nov 1st, 2020

Kidney stones were once thought to be a problem just for middle-aged men, but studies show they’ve become an issue for women, too. Why? Researchers believe it’s possibly due to the development and use of better diagnostic testing tools. At Stone Relief Center in Spring, Texas, board-certified urologic surgeon William...

What's the Difference Between Gallbladder and Kidney Stones? Oct 1st, 2020

Gallstones and kidney stones — they sound similar, and they’re often easily confused. They’re both called stones, but the truth is that they are two very different conditions. Gallstones and kidney stones differ in location, causes, symptoms, and treatment. But they do have one thing in common: abdominal pain. If...

Am I at Risk for Developing Kidney Stones? Sep 10th, 2020

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...

Kidney Stones: How We Can Treat Them Quickly Aug 11th, 2020

It’s not a secret that kidney stones can cause severe pain. However, it can be hard to imagine the extent of this discomfort until you have a kidney stone yourself. Fortunately, if you have a kidney stone, you don’t have to wait for it to pass or get stuck before...

8 Signs You Could Be Suffering From Kidney Disease Jul 2nd, 2020

As far as vital organs go, it’s safe to say that the average person knows far more about their heart, brain, lungs, or stomach than they do about their kidneys. But knowing exactly what your kidneys do to keep your body healthy — and learning which signs and symptoms may...

What Can I Do to Help Prevent Kidney Stones? Jun 16th, 2020

Even if you haven’t had kidney stones yourself, you probably know they can be incredibly painful. In fact, more than 300,000 Americans end up in emergency rooms across the country, looking for pain relief each year. While anyone can develop kidney stones, certain factors can increase your risks of this...