Fortunately most kidney stones pass naturally and without a Doctors help, but some people aren’t as lucky as that and may need kidney stones treatment such as shock waves or tunnel surgery to break down or surgically remove kidney stones.
How To Get Rid Of Kidney Stones Naturally
You may be able to break up and pass your kidney stones naturally just by drinking more water and undertaking more exercise.
A good course of action is to drink at least two – three liters of water a day, preferably at least three liters.
The more water you have in your system the more it will help you to pass your kidney stones less painfully than a lesser amount of water. Remember to not overdo your intake of water as too much water can be dangerous.
Exercise is always good for health, and depending on the size of your kidney stones, exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise will help your body naturally break up the stones.
How To Remove Kidney Stones Surgically
Kidney stones can also be removed surgically through the different procedures listed below.
One way of getting rid of kidney stones surgically is a procedure called Ureteroscopy. It isn’t a pleasant sounding word and it is by no means a pleasant procedure but it does do the job, and patients treated this way will be under a general anesthetic.
During the procedure a thin, telescopic like device called a Ureteroscope is inserted into the patients genitals and passed through ones urethra and bladder.
When the kidney stone or stones have been located they might be removed by the Urologist using the Ureteroscope by way of a small basket which is called basket extraction, or by breaking up the stones with a laser.
Open Surgery/Tunnel Surgery
Again this procedure to get rid of kidney stones will be performed under a general anesthetic.
In this procedure a small cut/incision is made in the patients back. A small tunnel is then made through the skin into the ureter or kidney where the stones are which will then be removed using a nephroscope or break the stones up using shock-waves or a laser.
Although it isn’t a long procedure, the after care could mean the patient having to stay in hospital for several weeks after. Because of this, this procedure is now becoming quite uncommon.
Non Surgical Treatments Of Kidney Stones
Although this procedure doesn’t involve surgery it does involve a medical procedure that may not be suitable for everybody.
EWSL – Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy
This kidney stones treatment involves basically firing highly targeted shock waves at your kidney stones. Ultrasound will be used to determine the exact position of each kidney stone.
A lithotripter sensor is placed on your skin and then fires shock waves to the targeted stone which then breaks or crushes them up into minute particles that could resemble grains of sand thus making it a lot easier to pass them through your urine.
It isn’t a long procedure, generally around an hour long and although you may experience some pain or discomfort during it you shouldn’t need to stay in hospital after it has been completed.
This procedure isn’t recommended for everyone and may take more than one treatment to get rid of your kidney stones completely as usually one kidney is treated at a time.
Hopefully this has answered the question somewhat of how you can get rid of kidney stones.