True Fact: 99% of Kidney Stones can be treated without Surgery, that means No Cut, No Blood & No Pain
ESWL, PCNL & Ureteroscopy are few of the best treatments for Kidney Stones without surgery. All these three treatments are proven therapies of breaking or extracting stones. We at Care Well Medical Center are providing kidney stones treatment in Delhi, India at very affordable prices. This non surgical procedure is done by a renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Sandeep Bhasin. In case of stones bigger than 28 mm, surgery is required.
Kidney stone is one such problem that of course is painful and needs immediate attention of the doctor. This type of disorder at some point of time if left untreated can cause severe damages to the body part. Such stones are formed in the kidney especially when the normal substances in urine get concentrated. When anything like this happens, the solid material does not get utilized instead it stays in the kidney and may move down to the urinary tract while passing out from the body.
A hard yet crystalline material that gets form in the kidney is kidney stone which is also known by the name of Nephrolithiasis. This problem happens to 20 people at least in a month at some point of stage. It is either due to excess of stone forming substances or lack of water.
Sometimes, the symptoms of kidney stone are common to that of other issues due to which, you might end up getting confused. That is why, if there is any kind of pain from kidney stone that you actually start notice either late at night or early in the morning like pain in back, extreme pain in stomach the probably this could be the risk of kidney stone. It is because people usually urinate less frequently at night or early morning and that is the time when ureter is constricted.
Other symptoms are:
When the above given symptoms are noticed, instead of just ignoring the pain by taking pain killers, you are advised to visit the doctor. On response to the same, your doctor might perform certain medicines such as calcium-based antacids, diuretics, and topiramate to name a few. Other than this, there are some tests that your doctor may advise you such as checking the blood to know the presence of excess calcium or uric acid or taking the urine sample for 24 to 48 hours
Our body once consumes food starts producing different kinds of waste such as carbon dioxide gas, sweat and feces to name a few. If there is any kind of food material which is undigested, it gets excreted from the body as the solid waste. Urine is one such waste produced by the body which has metabolism byproducts such as toxins, salts, and water that gets mixed up in the blood. It eliminates the waste substances from the blood and eradicates it through urine.
But when there is a due buildup of salts and minerals like calcium in the urinary tracts, it sometimes can cause infection but the main problem is called kidneys tine. It is quite large enough that can block the kidney and if you are lucky it can be extremely tiny to just pass from the urine without any need of the medicine.
As you have learnt that kidney stones are actually made of the crystals but every kidney stone is not the same, there can be many different types, such as:
This can be pretty painful and that is why, even if you notice one single symptom, you must speak with your doctor on the same.
ESWL stand for extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy and it is a procedure with which kidney stones are treated. The kidney stone is broken into small pieces with the help of shock waves. Then the broken pieces can easily move down to the urinary tract and get removed from the body with the urine. It is one of the most simple procedure yet effective for the people having small stones in their kidney. ESWL doesn’t take much preparation and time also and the patient can go back home within few hours of the treatment.
When the kidney stone’s diameter is in between 4mm to 2cm, then this treatment can be used for treating the problem. The stone also needs to be close to the ureter so that the broken pieces can easily pass through the urinary tract.
There are certain risks which are associated with this treatment and they are as follows:
The patient needs to have a high intake of fluids and also have to follow the preventive guidelines so that the stones fragments passes easily without causing any of the risks.
PCNL stands for Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy which is used to cure the kidney stone problem. It is one of the preferred procedures when it comes treating kidney stones that are little large in size but the process includes so open or major surgery rather a small incision is made to remove the stone.
PCNL technique is normally undertaken by the doctor when the diameter of the stone present in the kidney is over and above 2cm. The minimally invasive method helps treating the disease in the very smooth way and the recovery period is also short.
The risks factors are really negligible in this procedure. But the doctors and the assisting people needs to be very careful otherwise there might be:
The procedure normally completed within 2-3 hours if there are no complications. The follow-up is necessary to keep the condition better and to prevent future development of any other stones.
This procedure is for removing the stones which are already got down to the urinary tract or is nearby the bladder. This is not any surgery but here the urologists insert an instrument which is thin and is used for locating the stone inside the ureter.
The instrument is known as ureteroscope and it passes from the bladder to the ureter and views the picture of the stone on the computer. Then the stone if smaller in size can be removed using an instrument called basket which grabs the stones and removes it and it the stone is larger in size then it needs to be broken down into fragments then rest follows.
It is done when the stone is in the ureter and is close to the urinary bladder. The process is simple and takes much lesser time and is quite effective.
The risks involved in this procedure are:
The new form of this treatment also allows stones to be removed which are present in the kidney or in the nearby area.
It is an open surgery which is done to remove the larger stones developed in the kidney of the patient. An incision is made in the abdomen or on the side through which the kidney is reached and thereby the stone is removed. Then the doctor fits a catheter for the drainage of the urine till the patient gets completely recovered. The patients normally are discharged after a week or more depending on the condition of the wound.
This procedure is normally undertaken by the doctors when the size of the stone present is large and cannot be dealt with any of the above-mentioned procedures ESWL or PCNL.
The procedure is safe but every surgery has it’s own risks and the risks are as follows:
After surgery, patients normally recover within a period of 4-6 weeks and then can get back to normal life.
The average cost of Kidney Stone Removal Treatment would range from Rs. 12,000 to 35,000 Rupees. Cost depends upon the size of the stone & the complexity of the treatment and at Care Well Medical Center we are trying to make the treatment as affordable as possible while maintaining the quality of treatment.
What is a kidney stone?
Kidney stones are hard crystalline mineral and salty materials which develop within the kidneys or the urinary tract. While filtering waste from blood, kidneys create urine. Often, salt and mineral particles present in the urine stick together and takes the shape of stones. These stones are initially formed in the kidneys and as they grow in size, they cause a blockage and gradually push into the ureters. In the early stages, the kidney stones are as small as sugar crystal and are hardly noticed. With time, the stones grow as a bigger as a ping pong ball and cause severe pain to the patient. The medical term for kidney stones is Neephrolithiasis.
How common are kidney stones?
According to kidney surgeons, 1 in 20 people have kidney stones, at least once in a life. Every year, more than half a million individuals are reported to develop stones in their kidneys. Men face 19% risk of forming stones in their kidneys. Women are 9% at risk. In most men, the first stone forms after 30 years. However, it can also happen before. Certain medical problems like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes can also increase the chances of having kidney stone.
In US, the percentage of kidney stone gradually increased from 3.8% in the late 1970s to 8.8% in the 2000s. In other countries including India, kidney stone is becoming a common concern among the masses.
What causes kidney stones to form?
Can you have kidney stones and not know it?
Well, initial stages are unknown since small stones easily pass through urine, provided the person consumes sufficient amount of water. However, if the stone is large in size, it blocks the urine passage and moves into the ureter. Sharp pain in back or lower abdomen becomes common. It is then that people become aware about the presence of a stone in their kidneys.
Are kidney stones hereditary?
Yes. People coming from a family history of kidney stones are more likely to suffer. Also, rare hereditary diseases like renal tubular acidosis accounts for more than 70% of kidney stone patients. Two other genetic metabolic disorder, cystinuria and hyperoxaluria, also increases the risk of having kidney stone.
What are the symptoms of a kidney stone?
Early stage stones don’t show any symptoms and easily passes through urine. Larger stones block the flow of urine and might also get stuck in the ureter- the tube connecting the bladder to the kidneys. In such circumstances, the following symptoms are more common:
How are stones diagnosed?
On suspecting kidney stones, doctors suggest the following medical tests and examinations:
Why does the doctor need to examine the contents of the stone?
The contents of the stone tell a lot about the major constituents responsible for causing stone in kidneys. In some cases, kidneys develop stone due to excess amount of uric acid or less amount of calcium in urine. In other cases, stones get formed from dehydration. By examining the stone components, doctors understand the reason behind its development and can then plan out the right treatment for preventing kidney stones.
Can you treat stones with medicine?
Only if the stones are small enough to be passed through urine, doctors provide oral medications. In such cases, patients are advised to drink enough water so that the stone can pass along with their urine. However, while the stone passes, it brings potential pain and discomfort to the patient. To ease this, doctors prescribe pain medications to reduce the pain and enable the patient to pass out the stones, conveniently.
What procedures are there for treating kidney stones?
The following three procedures are more prevalent for treating kidney stones:
Are there any long term consequences of having a kidney stone?
If kidney stones are left untreated, it may gradually lead to kidney failure.
Do children get kidney stones?
Kidney stone formation has no age. Kids and teens, especially those having a family history have potential chances of having stones in kidneys. Imbalanced diet and the kind of fluids consumed by children develop stones in kidneys. Some other causes include infections in kidneys, blockage in urinal flow and inherited problems.
What can I do to decrease my risk of having kidney stones?
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