For more information, please call 304-526-4565
You may not realize you have kidney stones until you experience the most common warning sign ―the sudden onset of excruciating, cramping pain in the low back and/or side, groin or abdomen. The pain may come and go, and it may be so severe that it causes nausea and vomiting, along with other symptoms. When you are experiencing this level of discomfort, it's important to get the right kind of care and treatment.
The Kidney Stone Program at Cabell Huntington Hospital was established to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones. Medical Director C. Stephen Woolums, MD, leads a multidisciplinary and multispecialty team 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:
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.
For more information or to refer a patient, please call the Kidney Stone Program at 304-526-4565.