For more information, please call 304-526-4565
A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in a kidney out of substances in the urine. It may break loose and travel down the urinary tract. Small stones may pass all the way out of the body without causing too much pain, while larger stones may get stuck in the ureter, the bladder, or the urethra. A problem stone can block the flow of urine and cause great pain.
In the US, about 10% of men and 5% of women will form a kidney stone. About half of them will get kidney stones more than once.
Please call a doctor if you have:
These may be signs of a kidney stone that needs a doctor’s care.
Drinking lots of water helps flush away substances that form stones. Limiting coffee, tea or cola may also help. Your doctor will make specific recommendations based on your diet and fluid intake. Medicine may be recommended. With therapy, stones can be completely eliminated in many patients and decreased in most patients.
The Kidney Stone Program at Cabell Huntington Hospital was established to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones. Our multidisciplinary and multispecialty team consists of urologists and nephrologists working together with the Kidney Stone Program coordinator to provide individualized care of each patient. Our comprehensive approach to planning your care includes:
It can be very difficult to diagnose how your body makes kidney stones, but for some people, especially those with recurring kidney stones, it can be an important tool for planning treatment. You should be considered for a metabolic evaluation if:
Patients may be referred to the Kidney Stone Program at Cabell Huntington Hospital by their primary care physician. If you fit the profile and want relief from kidney stones, ask your doctor if you might be a candidate.
Stones that do not pass on their own can be removed by one of the program’s board-certified urologists using one of the following methods:
For more information about our services, please download this brochure.
To refer a patient, please call the Kidney Stone Program at 304-526-4565.