Care New England provides a comprehensive approach to the management of kidney stones. Whether it’s surgery, medication, or recommendations on dietary changes, the Kidney Stone Center will be able to offer you the treatment you need. Our clinic is comprised of a urologist, a nephrologist, and a registered dietician who will work as a team to personalize your care.
When you visit our clinic, you can expect to have a detailed history taken with review of your laboratory tests and imaging studies. You will meet with each provider, and all treatment options for your current stones will be discussed. We will also work with you to diagnose your risk factors to help prevent future kidney stones.
Kidney stone disease can be complex, and Care New England’s Kidney Stone Center is here to make the process easier.
Kidney stones are hard mineral deposits that form in your kidneys for a variety of reasons. Most stones are caused by our diet, but some are due to recurrent infections, or other medical conditions. Unfortunately for some people, they are just more prone to kidney stones than others. In fact, if you have had a kidney stone in the past, you are 50% more likely to get one again in the next 10 years.
Some people can have kidney stones with no symptoms and pass it with ease, maybe never having realized it was happening. Other people will experience intense pain in the side, back, or groin, nausea and vomiting, and pain when urinating. Burning when you pee, as well as cloudy red or pink urine, can also indicate that you have a kidney stone. If you do experience these symptoms you should reach out to your doctor immediately for the next steps on diagnosis and treatment.
Kidneys are abdominal organs that have some main maintenance functions of the human body. When kidneys are not functioning properly toxins begin to build inside the body because of the kidney’s filtering properties.
Some symptoms that the kidneys are not functioning well are:
There are a few tests that a physician can use to determine the state of kidney function within an individual:
A starting point for treating kidney issues are trying to treat the cause of the problem. That may require lifestyle changes or medications to treat for: