Urology located in Jacksonville, FL & Jacksonville Beach, FL
Kidney stones can cause severe back and abdominal pain, but they’re very treatable. Ahmad Kasraeian, MD, FACS, and Ali Kasraeian, MD, FACS, are the urology experts at Kasraeian Urology, with clinics in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and can provide treatment of your kidney stones to relieve your pain. For a consultation, call the office today.
Kidney Stones Q & A
What are kidney stones?
Kidney stones are crystallized minerals and salts that develop in your kidneys. In most cases, kidney stones develop when your urine contains a concentrated amount of salts or minerals that allows them to bind together and form the hard stone.
You could be at risk of developing kidney stones if they run in your family or you don’t drink enough water to keep your urine diluted. Certain types of diets, like those high in salt or protein, can increase your risk of developing kidney stones.
What are the symptoms of a kidney stone?
You might not experience any symptoms from your kidney stone until it begins to travel outside your kidneys. Common symptoms include:
- Severe pain in your lower back or side
- Radiating or fluctuating pain
- Blood-tinged urine
- Pain when you urinate
- Frequent urination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fever and chills
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you should contact Kasraeian Urology for an appointment. While kidney stones don’t often cause damage as they move through your urinary system, the pain can be debilitating and complications can ensue.
How are kidney stones diagnosed?
Your specialist at Kasraeian Urology does a comprehensive exam if it’s suspected that you have kidney stones. In addition to reviewing your symptoms and medical and family histories, your specialist also does a physical exam and runs blood and urine tests.
Your specialist can also run diagnostic imaging to have a better look at the structures of your urinary system and determine the size of your kidney stones.
What treatments are used for kidney stones?
Treatment of your kidney stones will depend on the size of your stones and your symptoms. If your stones are small, your doctor at Kasraeian Urology can prescribe medications that relax your urinary muscles and recommend you increase your fluid intake to help flush out the stone.
If your stone is too large, your specialist at Kasraeian Urology can recommend other treatments, including:
- Soundwave technology to break up the stone to make it easier to pass
- Cystoscopy to remove the stone
- Surgical removal of the stone
Your specialist at Kasraeian Urology works closely with you to develop the most effective treatment to ease your symptoms and help you get back to doing the things you enjoy.
For the expert treatment of your kidney stones, call Kasraeian Urology today.