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Private Treatments for Kidney Stones

LUA comes recommended for private kidney stones treatment in the UK due to our long-standing reputation for modern treatment options and quality patient care.

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Kidney Stones Symptoms 2

Private Kidney Stones Treatment 3

What are Kidney Stones?. 3

The Different Types of Kidney Stones 3

What Treatments are Available?. 3

Who Gets Kidney Stones & How to Prevent Them?. 4

Kidney Stone Risk Factors - Lifestyle. 4

Kidney Stone Risk Factors - Unchangeable. 4

Alleviating the Pain of Kidney Stones 4

Getting in Touch with LUA.. 5

 

Kidney Stones Symptoms

Many men and women seek professional kidney stones treatment every single year as the condition is more common than most people tend to think. With that in mind, it is of critical importance that those who have risk factors for developing kidney stones know the common signs and symptoms.

The most common symptoms of having kidney stones are as follows:

  • A burning or painful sensation when passing urine
  • Cloud and/or bloody urine
  • Frequent urination in small volumes
  • Feeling nauseas and/or vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever

While most kidney stones pass through the urethra during urination and do not cause any bodily harm (except some level of pain or discomfort), you should visit a specialist as soon as possible if you recognise any of these symptoms. Even if these symptoms do not lead to a diagnosis of problematic kidney stones, they may be symptomatic of another urological condition which requires specialist attention.

Some kidney stones become too large to pass in the urine and this is when they become a problem. Your regular GP may refer you onto a specialist like LUA to have the stone broken up through the range of effective methods available. The advantage of choosing the LUA urology clinic for this is that our urologists have access to the latest modern methods of eliminating kidney stones.

Private Kidney Stones Treatment

In the case of kidney stones which require medical attention, you should always choose a well-established urology clinic to perform the necessary procedure. A urology clinic staffed with qualified urologists with years of experience in the field will bring with it a number of advantages compared to less well-established clinics.

One of the major benefits of choosing LUA for kidney stone treatment is that the clinic has access the most modern and effective treatment options available. This means that our expert urologists can recommend a specific course of action based on individual patients, instead of using a one-size-fits all approach.

Another reason so many people choose the LUA clinic is because of the ethos we apply to patient care when creating a treatment plan. Our high-standards mean that the clinic is often unmatched when it comes to the level of care and individual attention that patients receive from our specialists.

What are Kidney Stones?

While many people have a workable idea as to what kidney stones are and how they cause the pain that they sometimes do, most do not know how they form or what they are made of. LUA believes that the more patients know about the condition they are experiencing, the more equipped they will be to combatting it effectively through seeking approved treatments.

Put simply, kidney stones are solid masses which form in the kidney over time due to a buildup of certain minerals. While stones that are below a certain diameter will pass in the urine without pain, larger stones (typically those above 5mm in diameter) can block the urethra and cause symptoms. This is when medical attention is required as the pain caused by these blockages is often severe. Symptoms can also worsen over time, becoming very serious, therefore a specialist should always be consulted for private kidney stone treatment.

The Different Types of Kidney Stones

Not all kidney stones are the same, there exists multiple types – each usually caused by different factors at play. The main types are as follows:

  • Calcium Kidney Stones – This type of stone is the most common and is usually made from concentrations of a molecule called calcium oxalate. While this substance is naturally produced by the liver, certain foods can increase the concentration of calcium oxolate. Some of these include chocolate, tree nuts, rhubarb, and cinnamon.
  • Uric Acid Kidney Stones – These stones are different from their common calcium counterpart in that they are usually attributed to a diet high in protein and low in fibre. Not drinking enough fluids is also a risk factor.
  • Struvite Kidney Stones – An infection is usually the perpetrator of struvite stones, particularly when the infection is harshly affecting the urinary tract. The major issue with stones of this type is that they can form very quickly and suddenly, so getting medical attention as soon as you experience symptoms is important.
  • Cystine Kidney Stones – This type of stone is much less common as it is hereditary. Some people’s kidneys create high volumes of an acid called Cystinuria which can form into stones.

What Treatments are Available?

The last thirty years has seen a revolution in the surgical management of urinary stone disease with the gradual disappearance of open stone surgery and the emergence of increasingly efficacious minimally invasive techniques. This is probably best illustrated by the extraordinary success of extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, which is now considered first line management for the majority of renal and ureteric calculi.

Kidney stone treatment does vary depending on the type of kidney stone, where it is located, and the individual differences between patients. Even with that in mind, the most commonly used treatment for kidney stones are as follows:

While the least invasive forms of kidney stone treatment are always preferred over surgery, all factors will have to be taken into consideration when a treatment is selected. This means that one of the experienced LUA urologists will select an avenue of treatment based on what will suit you best medically as an individual.

Who Gets Kidney Stones & How to Prevent Them?

When thinking about private kidney stone treatment, it is useful to know what the risk factors are and who is most likely to develop kidney stones. Having this information can be very useful if you want to take recommended steps to reduce the likelihood of requiring kidney stone treatment. Listed below are the most common risk factors for developing kidney stones.

Kidney Stone Risk Factors - Lifestyle

  • A high-protein and low-fibre diet
  • Being Overweight
  • Being regularly dehydrated
  • Taking certain types of medication

Fortunately, the above are all factors which can be improved upon with positive lifestyle changes. Just by drinking more water and staying at a healthy body mass index, you will reduce the chances of kidney stones forming.

There are other risk factors which are generally unavoidable, however.

Kidney Stone Risk Factors - Unchangeable

  • Sex – Men are more likely to develop kidney stones than women
  • Age – Those between the ages of 30 and 50 years of age are more likely to develop kidney stones
  • Genetics – Some people are more likely to develop kidney stones due to family heredity.
  • Urinary-Tract Infections – Those who have experienced more infections in the urinary tract are generally more likely to develop kidney stones.

There are more factors which can increase an individual’s risk, however, listed above are the core factors. While these usually cannot be helped, it is important to understand that even if you are at risk, you can make the necessary lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.

Even if you have already undergone private kidney stone treatment in the past, it is very much recommended that you improve your lifestyle where possible. This will still effectively reduce the likelihood of you developing more problematic kidney stones in the future which may require further kidney stone treatment.

Alleviating the Pain of Kidney Stones

Pain relief is usually the first priority of kidney stone treatment as the pain caused by kidney stones is often difficult to manage without medical assistance. This means that drug therapy will sometimes be used to relieve either the nervous system’s pain receptors or to relax the area where the kidney stone is located. This is usually just to treat the symptoms before a primary treatment is used to break up the kidney stone.

Thankfully, not all patients require hospital admission. However, it is mandatory in some circumstances where the stone must be removed promptly. In more extreme cases, the stone can have dangerous implications, such as preventing a patient from urinating. The build-up of urea, the waste chemical in urine, can have toxic effects on the body, therefore anything that impedes this process must be given professional attention.

Getting in Touch with LUA

If you, or a loved one, requires kidney stone treatment carried out by a specialist urologist, please do not hesitate to get in touch with LUA. By speaking to one of our kidney stone experts you can find out how LUA can help you overcome the sometimes-painful experience of passing large kidney stones. Patients do not need to live with the symptoms of kidney stones when there are tried-and-tested treatments available at our accessible urology clinic.

Give the LUA clinic a call today at 020 7224 5089, send our team an email at info@lua.co.uk, or use our secure online contact form if you have a GP referral.

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