Kidney stones treatment

Kidney stones can sometimes form in some people who eat too many foods containing oxalates. These foods include red meat, chocolate, tea, pepper spinach and even broccoli. If the stones are very small they can be passed without difficulty. However, passing of large kidney stones is very painful, especially for men. Many people end up in the emergency room at the hospital when a large kidney stone is being passed. People who have had one kidney stone are more likely to have others within eight to ten years. Kidney stones treatment can vary depending on the size and type of stone. Allopathic or conventional medicine has their way of doing kidney stones treatment. Alternative and naturopathic medicine has other ways of doing kidney stones treatment and there are many home remedies one can try.

Conventional kidney stones treatment typically involves the use of pain medications and going to a Urologist will yield many options available as kidney stones treatment. These include sound therapy or lithotripsy that can destroy the kidney stones inside the body before they are passed and surgical removal of large stones. Kidney stones treatment of this type is very effective in removing large stones that can not pass on their own. With the lithotripsy treatment, shockwaves are generated that can travel through the body and break up the kidney stones. This kind of kidney stones treatment can be done on an outpatient basis with recovery only taking a few days. If the stone is in the ureter a small fiberoptic device is passed through the bladder to the ureter, which can capture the stone and pull it down and out of the body or shatter the stone with the shock wave. Surgical removal has to be done in the hospital and recovery can take up to six weeks. This type of kidney stones treatment involves a small incision being made in the back so the kidney can be reached. A nephroscope is then used to locate the stone and remove it. Very large stones may require the use of shock wave treatment as well. Sometimes medications are used to treat kidney stones. The kinds of medications used will depend on the type of kidney stones. For instance, those that are made from calcium can be treated by drugs that combat excess calcium in the body.

However, kidney stones treatment is best done by preventing them from forming in the first place. Reducing the consumption of oxalates is advised as a preventative kidney stones treatment. People who are prone to developing kidney stones can also drink large amounts of water and cranberry juice should also be used daily to prevent urinary tract infections and kill bacteria that may play a role in the formation of kidney stones as well.

You may also be able to find an alternative kidney stones treatment that works for you. Aside from drinking large amounts of water daily to prevent kidney stones you can try certain herbal teas that are on the market that claim to treat kidney stones. Golden Rod and Marshmallow Root tea are a few examples. Cranberry juice, carrot juice, grape juice and orange juice is also helpful in treating kidney stones. Drinking water with the juice of a lemon or a lime every day is said to break down or dissolve kidney stones. Olive oil mixed with lemon juice is helpful too. There is also a product on the market that is called Stone Free that claims to dissolve kidney stones. There are other alternative ways that can be used as kidney stones treatment. For instance, one unconventional kidney stones treatment uses coca cola and asparagus as a treatment to dissolve the stones. You can ask at your local health food store for suggestions on alternative kidney stones treatment as well.

Last updated on Jan 4th, 2010 and filed under Genitourinary Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Kidney stones treatment”

  1. Allison says:

    I agree that prevention is the best. Also people should try home remedies before using drugs/lithotripsy. You find the appropriate method for your situation by consulting your doctor. It’s depends on your situation. I will use this article for my paper and of course refer to this page. Thanks!

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