Kidney stone treatment

Kidney stones are caused by waste products in the blood forming crystals in the kidney or ureter. Kidney stones are quite common and can be very painful. One or both kidneys may be affected.

If you have small kidney stones, you may not have any symptoms as you may pass them when you urinate without noticing.
Larger kidney stones, however, can cause very uncomfortable symptoms and you might feel unwell.

This image shows a normal kidney vs a kidney with a stone in the ureter. The stone is blocking the flow of urine. 

Symptoms of kidney stones include…

  • Pain your side or groin, pain in testicles
  • Feeling unwell with a temperature, sweaty, sick or you might vomit
  • Seeing blood in your urine
  • Getting a urine infection

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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if kidney stones are not treated?

Kidney stone pain can become quite severe, so if you have mild pain from kidney stones, this may progress into an urgent condition. Kidney stones may also lead to kidney infection or problems with the kidney if left untreated. Therefore, it is very important to be seen by a specialist as soon as possible.

How do you diagnose kidney stones?

  • Urine tests
  • Examination of stones already passed
  • Blood tests to check for substances that could cause kidney stones such as calcium

How does treatment for kidney stones work?

A preferred surgical option for Mr Penev is the use of lasers which break down the stone using a ureteroscope. This is a long, thin telescope that travels through your urethra, bladder and ureter all the way to your kidney.
The stones are then broken down using laser energy which you can pass through your body when you pee.
Depending on the size of your kidney stones, you may be able to return home on the same day of surgery.

Why choose Mr Penev for your kidney stone procedure?

Mr Penev is a highly trained and very experienced Consultant Urologist. He has been treating urinary tract and kidney stones since 1995, resulting in around 1500 ureteroscopies being carried out.

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