Dr. Blatter works with patients who have kidney stones to help them find the best treatment option for them.
Symptoms of Kidney Stones
- Mild to sever pain, often in the midback or side, but can move to the front and down to the groin
- Nausea and vomiting
- More frequent urination
- Painful urination
- Blood in urine
Contributing Risk Factors of Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are caused by an imbalance of minerals in the urine, which can cause crystals to form. These risk factors can contribute to that imbalance.
Risk factors can raise the risk of a person to develop kidney stones. Some risk factors are impossible to change, like being between the age of 30 and 50 or having a family history of kidney stones. But there are some things that you can control that contribute to a higher risk of developing kidney stones:
- Drinking too little water
- High sodium diet
- Living a sedentary lifestyle (no regular physical activity)
- Being overweight
- Living in a hot or dry area
- Frequent urinary tract infections
If you think you have kidney stones, an x-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound can be ordered to help determine the size, type, and location of the kidney stones.
Two main treatment options are available if you have kidney stones: passing the stones on your own or having a procedure to remove them.
- Passing kidney stones on your own. If a kidney stone is small, it can be passed through the urine. Medication may or may not be used to help the stone pass.
- Procedures for kidney stones. Procedures can be done to break up larger kidney stones to help them pass or to remove them altogether. There are a few different procedures available. Dr. Blatter will discuss your options and what is right for you.
To schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options for kidney stones, contact us today.