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Treatments for Kidney Stones

  • Michael Jubinville, MPH
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Treatments for Kidney Stones

Most kidney stones will pass in the urine on their own without further problems. Medicine is used to help the stone move through the urinary tract. Medicine also controls pain and fights infection. In some cases, surgery may be needed. A larger stone can be removed or broken up into smaller fragments so it is easier to pass in the urine.

People who have had kidney stones have a higher risk of them coming back. The care team will teach you how to strain your urine to catch the stone. Kidney stones are made from many types of minerals. Once the type is found, it will be easier to prevent having them again.

Kidney stone treatment includes:


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  • Adrienne Carmack, MD
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