According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 1 in every 11 people in the United States will develop a kidney stone at some point in their lives. Kidney stones are more common in men than women, and their risk increases with age.
If you’ve never had a kidney stone before, you may be wondering how to tell if you have one. Keep reading to learn more about the stent for kidney stones and the symptoms of kidney stones.
How can kidney stones occur?
Kidney stones are small, hard deposits that form in your kidneys. They are made up of calcium, phosphate, and other molecules. When these molecules become too concentrated in your urine, they can form crystals. Over time, these crystals can grow into larger stones.
What are the symptoms of kidney stones?
The most common symptom of kidney stones is a sharp pain in your side or lower back. The pain usually starts suddenly and gets worse quickly. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fever, and blood in your urine. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away. They can confirm whether or not you have kidney stones and recommend treatment.
Anyone who has ever had a kidney stone knows that they are incredibly painful. In the past, the only way to remove a kidney stone was through surgery. However, there is now a new, minimally invasive procedure that can be done in just 45 minutes. This new stent procedure is quickly becoming the go-to treatment for kidney stones.
How the Stent Procedure Works
The stent procedure involves placing a small, wire mesh tube into the ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder). Once the stent is in place, a surgeon will use special tools to break up the kidney stone and remove it through the stent. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour, and patients can usually go home the same day.
There are several benefits of this new stent procedure over traditional surgery.
- First, because it is less invasive, there is a shorter recovery time. Patients who have the stent procedure can usually resume their normal activities within a day or two.
- Second, this new procedure has a lower risk of complications than surgery.
- And finally, because it is less invasive, the stent procedure is also less expensive than surgery.
If you experience sudden pain in your side or lower back, it could be a sign that you have kidney stones. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, and blood in your urine. If you think you might have kidney stones, contact your doctor right away for diagnosis and treatment.