Category : kidney stones

Preventing kidney stones

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Preventing kidney stones

The best way of preventing kidney stones: Make sure you drink plenty of water each day to avoid becoming dehydrated. Keeping your urine diluted helps to stop waste products getting too concentrated and forming stones. You can tell how diluted your urine is by looking at its colour. The darker your urine is, the more […]

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Complications of treatment

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Complications of treatment

Complications can occur following the treatment of large kidney stones. Your surgeon should explain these to you before you have the procedure. Possible complications will depend on the type of treatment you have and the size and position of your stones. Complications could include: sepsis– an infection that spreads through the blood, causing symptoms throughout the […]

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Treating large kidney stones

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Treating large kidney stones

If a kidney stone is too big to be passed naturally – 6-7mm (about 0.23 to 0.27in) in diameter or larger – you may need treatment to remove it another way. This could include: ESWL is the most common way of treating kidney stones that can’t be passed in the urine. It involves using ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) to pinpoint […]

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Treating kidney stones

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Treating kidney stones

Most kidney stones are small enough (less than 4mm in diameter) to be passed out in your urine and can probably be treated at home. But even small kidney stones can be painful, although this usually only lasts a couple of days and disappears when the stone has been passed. If you are in severe pain, your GP can give […]

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