Category Archives: Surgery

How do I choose which surgery to have for my kidney stones?

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Understanding what is the best option for treating your kidney stone can be difficult. In our new chart, we summarize the benefits and drawbacks of each surgical option. While it still won’t make the decision for you, it can help … Continue reading

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Kidney Stones During Pregnancy

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Along with the other challenges faced by women while they are pregnant, you can add the risk of developing a kidney stone. The risk of stone formation during pregnancy. A woman’s physiology changes dramatically during pregnancy, which can influence her … Continue reading

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How long is too long? “I forgot that I had a ureteral stent”

Closeup of an illustration of an encrusted ureteral stent

Many people have ureteral stents placed to prevent or treat urinary tract obstruction, and if you happen to be one of these people, it’s likely that you’re familiar with some of the symptoms of having a stent.  However, it can … Continue reading

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My stent hurts…what should I do?

80% of patients will have discomfort from their stent.  Often this is cramping in the bladder or in the kidney; at times worse with urinating.  A variety of medications can be tried to help with this: 1.  Alpha-blockers (flomax, uroxatral, … Continue reading

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How is a ureteral stent placed?

Diagram of a ureteral stent in position.

If you ever wondered how ureteral stents are placed, we’ll explain the process to you here step by step. Ureteral stents are typically used in two situations: 1) When a stone is causing blockage of the ureter and drainage needs … Continue reading

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