Kidney stones form when composites of minerals, typically excreted from the kidney, crystallize and bind together. They can either deposit and stay in the kidney or pass into the ureter (the tube connecting the kidney to the bladder) and cause urinary obstruction, pain or infection.
You may experience the following symptoms:
Several factors may increase your risk of stones including higher calcium or oxalate in the urine, recurrent urinary tract infections, uric acid in the urine (often related to a high protein intake) or family history of kidney stones. Dehydration and certain dietary choices may also play a role.
There are a few ways to decrease stone formation, they include:
What is a ureteral stent? A small tube that is inserted into the ureter during your procedure that allows urine to bypass an obstructing stone or allows the ureter to heal after ureteroscopy.
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