can be a painful and disruptive condition affecting millions of individuals around the world. However, by adopting preventive measures, and seeking expert care, you can overcome this condition and regain your quality of life.
Kidney stones are solid deposits that form in the kidneys due to the presence of certain substances in the urine. Ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pebble, these stones can cause intense pain as they travel through the urinary tract. Various factors contribute to their formation, including dehydration, high-sodium or low-calcium diets, certain medical conditions, e.g. infections, and a family history of kidney stones.
Reduce your risks:
Stay Hydrated: Maintaining adequate hydration is crucial in preventing kidney stone formation. Generally speaking, aim for drinking around 3 liters of water daily in a tropical climate with moderate activity, as it helps dilute urine and reduces the risk of stone formation.
Watch Your Diet: Be mindful of your dietary choices to minimize the risk of kidney stones. Limit your sodium intake, avoid high-oxalate foods (such as spinach, rhubarb, and chocolate), and incorporate more calcium-rich foods and fruits into your diet.
Maintain a Healthy Weight: Obesity is a risk factor for kidney stones. By maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise, you can lower your chances of developing stones.
Consider Medications: Depending on your medical history and stone composition, your doctor may prescribe medications to prevent the formation of kidney stones. These medications may help regulate urine chemistry and minimize the likelihood of stone recurrence.
Kidney stones can be composed of various substances, and their composition and size can influence the suggested treatment. Consult a specialist at the Bumrungrad Urology Clinic for the best course of action.
Here are some treatment options the Bumrungrad Urology Center specializes in:
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL): non-invasive treatment options such as ESWL. This procedure uses shock waves to break down kidney stones into smaller fragments, facilitating their passage through the urinary tract.
- Ureteroscopy (RIRS): a minimally invasive procedure where a thin tube equipped with a camera is inserted into the urinary tract to locate and fragment kidney stones by laser energy. This technique ensures precise targeting and removal of stones that achieves faster recovery.
- Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL): a surgical procedure that treats patients with a large stone burden in the urinary system. It involves the insertion of a nephroscope through a small incision, allowing access to the kidney to fragment and remove the stones.
At Bumrungrad Urology Center
, we understand the challenges associated with kidney stones, and our team of highly skilled urologists is dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care. With state-of-the-art facilities and advanced treatment options, we strive to deliver effective solutions to our patients, ensuring their comfort and well-being throughout the entire process.
Kidney stones can be a painful condition, but with the proper understanding of the risks, preventive measures, and access to advanced treatment options, you can effectively manage and overcome this condition. By following a healthy lifestyle, staying hydrated, and seeking expert care, such as that provided by the Bumrungrad Urology Center, you can bid farewell to kidney stones and embrace a life free from their discomfort. Remember, prevention and timely intervention are the keys to maintaining optimal kidney health.
For more information please contact:
- Urology Center
Tel: +66 2011 2222