The procedure is usually successful, but kidney stones must also be treated because as long as there are stones in the kidneys, they can move to the ureter and the condition can recur. The best thing to do is to prevent kidney and ureteric stones
by doing the following:
- Drink plenty of clean water each day, a minimum of six to eight glasses. Some conditions, such as heart failure, may require that you limit your intake of water. Please discuss this with your doctor.
- Limit foods that can lead to ureteric stones, such as:
- Foods high in oxalate, such as spinach, Swiss chard, collards, okra, parsley, leeks, and quinoa.
- Uric acid found in protein and certain vegetables.
- Cystine found in meat products.
What if the procedure is not performed?
- Do not purchase over-the-counter vitamins and supplements, such as vitamin D, vitamin C, and calcium, without your doctor’s recommendation as these can lead to the formation of stones.
Pain will persist or the condition will lead to hydronephrosis. Without treatment, the kidneys may fail.