In case the kidney stone is small enough to easily pass through the ureter, there may be no symptoms at all. However if the stone is bigger, the usual symptoms include:
There is no definite cause for Kidney Stones. However, there are some contributing factors that can increase the likelihood of developing a kidney stone, like:
If a patient experiences any of the symptoms, the doctor may run diagnostic tests depending on the specifics of the case.
You may be asked to wait for 2-4 weeks to allow the stone to pass naturally with urine, if the stone is not causing severe pain or an infection. However, if the stone is too large or is blocking the urinary tract, a Kidney Stone Treatment Surgery may be prescribed by the doctor.
Kidney stone treatment surgery is a low risk and effective surgery. However, rare complications associated with this surgery include:
Since PCNL is a more invasive procedure than ESWL or Ureteroscopy, a higher chance of risk and complications are attached with it.
If a kidney stone does not pass in a reasonable period of time or is causing pain or infection, you will need surgery to remove it.
Although kidney stone removal is a low risk procedure, rare complications include bleeding, injury to kidney or surrounding organs.
It is unsafe for pregnant women to undergo Shock Wave lithotripsy as it can cause fetal damage and even death. Ureteroscopy is the recommended treatment during pregnancy.
A full recovery after a kidney stone removal surgery may take 4-6 weeks, depending on the nature of the surgery.
You may have to stay in the hospital for either a few hours or for 2-3 days, depending on the line of treatment.