How to Minimize Kidney Stone Pain

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 your condition and prescribe the best solution to keep you free from kidney stones and the pain they can cause.

We also have recommendations on how to ease your pain and possibly stop kidney stones from developing.

Home remedies

To help reduce your kidney stone discomfort and also prevent their formation, stay hydrated. To flush out your system and keep it toxin-free, we recommend:

Before you develop a juicing plan, consult us at Stone Relief Center. Certain conditions and medications combined with drinking some of these juices can bring risks. You should also avoid drinking alcohol while you’re passing a stone.

If you’re unable to pass the stone or can’t manage the pain on your own, we provide ancillary services to successfully diagnose your condition and find the right treatment for you.

Nonsurgical options

As a leading practice, we have the expertise to treat your kidney stones noninvasively and as quickly as possible, using:

Kidney stone medication

Not all kidney stones are the same. There are four kinds: uric acid stones, calcium stones, struvite stones, and cystine stones. Depending on your diagnosis, we prescribe medication to treat your type of stone. Kidney stone medication can also help you avoid a stone in the future.

Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL)

If you have a stone smaller than two centimeters and you’re healthy, you might be a good candidate for ESWL. We use sound waves to break the kidney stone into tiny pieces that you can pass easily. 

Surgical options

You might need a surgical procedure to remove your kidney stone if it won’t pass naturally or if you have extreme pain. We also consider its size and your kidney functionality.

We can perform a ureteroscopy, which allows us to see inside your ureter, reach the stone with a special tool, and remove it with a small wire basket.

If you have a larger stone, we may perform a percutaneous nephrolithotomy, requiring a small incision in your side or back to remove the stone.

To learn more about how to manage kidney stone pain, contact us by calling 281-674-8021, or book your appointment online. You can also send us a message if you have any questions or concerns prior to your visit.

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