A Look at the Prevention and Treatment of Kidney Stones

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One reason that you may find yourself in need of emergency care in Las Vegas is a kidney stone. Kidney stones can cause a great deal of pain as they pass, and people frequently need emergency pain management, and, in some cases, surgical treatment. How are kidney stones prevented and what are some of the treatment options? Here is what you need to know.

What Are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard formations of waste chemicals found in urine. When these chemicals are at high levels, they form clumps that continue to grow until they are expelled from your body as you urinate. Although some kidney stones remain small enough to be passed without any discomfort, others grow large and get stuck somewhere along the urinary tract. When this occurs, urine backs up and leads to pain.

How Can They Be Prevented?

Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to decrease your risk of kidney stones. Aim for at least 12 glasses of water per day, or more if it is hot outside. Reduce your consumption of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and salt. Eating a high-protein diet will increase your risk of kidney stones, so be sure to eat balanced meals. Some types of medications, such as diuretics, can trigger kidney stones. Talk to your doctor to see if any of your medications put you at risk.

How Are Kidney Stones Treated?

You may not need treatment for your kidney stone if it is small, but if you experience intense pain in your abdomen, along your side, or in your back, go to the emergency room for urgent care. As this video from Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center explains, stones can be treated with medications or with endoscopic surgery, depending on the location of the stone and your symptoms. Pain medications can also be used to make you more comfortable.

When you experience the symptoms of kidney stone, go to the emergency room of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Our hospital provides urgent care when you need it most, plus access to minimally invasive surgery procedures to treat kidney stones. For a physician referral in Las Vegas, call us at (702) 731-8000. 

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