The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that help in the removal of wastes from the body.
As the kidneys filter blood off impurities, minerals and acid salts can accumulate and harden over time. Theses kidney stones result from crystals in the urine aggregating together when the urine becomes highly concentrated. Normally these crystals pass through the urinary tract without problems. Occasionally, stones large enough can cause obstruction of the kidneys which may result in severe pain (back and groin), bleeding, infection and even kidney failure.
Renal stone formation is a common urinary tract disorder that can form in any individual and unfortunately further stone formation and symptoms will occur in 50% of previously symptomatic patients within 10 years. For more information on kidney stone prevention click here. Please be aware this is general advice only and more specific advice can be provided after further blood and urine tests. Also if you pass the stone or it is removed surgically this can also be sent for biochemical analysis.
Renal stones form when certain salts and minerals in the urine become highly concentrated and build up. This can happen due to
If surgery is deemed necessary, the vast majority can now be treated with newer minimally invasive laser surgical techniques which can be performed on multiple stones of any composition, in any location within the ureter and kidney without any open cuts (incisionless) allowing quicker recovery (See below).