Kidney Stones: How We Can Treat Them Quickly

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 getting treatment. At Stone Relief Center, Dr. W. Cooper Buschemeyer specializes in kidney stone removal. Thanks to his extensive experience, he can help treat these urinary deposits with nonsurgical and surgical methods. That means you can say goodbye to your kidney stone symptoms without the wait.

Getting to the source of your pain

Kidney stones develop in your urinary tract from minerals and salts that clump together inside your kidneys, forming a hard deposit. Several things can lead to stone formation, ranging from diet, body weight, and medical conditions to taking certain medications and supplements.

When kidney stones form, they can also vary in size. But even the smallest of stones can cause intense symptoms as they begin moving through your urinary tract. 

Signs you could have a kidney stone

Sometimes, a kidney stone can pass through your system with little more than lots of water and medication. But, they can also cause symptoms that are difficult to manage or become stuck, creating painful ureter spasms and bladder swelling.

Common signs of a kidney stone include:

You can also experience a fever and chills if you develop a urinary tract infection at the same time. As the stone moves, you may notice changes in your pain. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait to find relief.

Nonsurgical kidney stone solutions

At Stone Relief Center, Dr. Buschemeyer offers several procedures to help remove kidney stones, depending on your unique situation. The first step in determining your treatment options involves on-site diagnostic imaging to diagnose your stone’s location and size.

One of the most common options for urinary stones involves extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). When you undergo ESWL, we use sound waves to break your kidney deposits up into smaller pieces. This therapy makes it easier for you to pass them in your urine, but it only works for certain urinary stones.

These treatments typically take 45-60 minutes, and we provide sedation or anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the entire process. And, in most cases, stones are removed the same day or within 24 hours of diagnosis. Fast relief is important to us.

When kidney stones require surgical interventions

For some kidney stones, surgical procedures provide the best solutions. In these cases, Dr. Buschemeyer usually recommends a ureteroscopy or percutaneous nephrolithotomy.

Ureteroscopy

During this procedure, Dr. Buschemeyer inserts a scope through your urethra and bladder to locate the stone and either grab it or break it up into smaller pieces. Dr. Buschemeyer often provides local or general anesthesia when performing ureteroscopy, and he may place a stent in your ureter. This small tube helps promote the healing process and reduce swelling.

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy

If you have a larger stone or one that hasn’t responded to other procedures, Dr. Buschemeyer could suggest percutaneous nephrolithotomy. During this surgery, Dr. Buschemeyer makes a small incision in your back so he can insert a scope and remove the stones. He typically does this stone removal surgery while you sleep under general anesthesia.

No matter which kidney stone treatment you undergo, we always provide pain management strategies to keep you as comfortable as possible until the stone leaves your body.

To get kidney stone relief fast, contact our clinic in The Woodlands, Texas, by calling 281-674-8021 or requesting an appointment online today.



 

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