Urinary Stones Specialist

Midwest Urology Associates

Urologists located in Evergreen Park, IL

Every year, one in 1,000 adults visits the hospital with urinary stones. These small stones can cause big symptoms, including severe pain, blood in your urine, and urinary difficulties. But, there’s no reason to suffer because Midwest Urology Associates in Evergreen Park, Illinois, has effective solutions to help you avoid those emergency hospital trips. Call the office or use the online appointment scheduler today.

Urinary Stones Q & A

What are urinary stones?

Urinary stones are solid deposits of minerals and salts that develop within your urinary tract. There are three different names for urinary stones, based on location. 

  • Kidney stones in your kidneys
  • Bladder stones in your bladder 
  • Urethral stones in your urethra 

Regardless of where urinary stones develop, they need to move through your urinary system to eliminate them. Although this can happen naturally, you might need medical intervention for large or stubborn urinary stones.

What are the signs and symptoms of urinary stones?

Urinary stones don't always cause symptoms, particularly if they're very small. But, larger stones, or stones that get stuck anywhere in your urinary system, can cause issues, including:

  • Intermittent back and side pain, which may radiate 
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Dark yellow, brown, pink, or red urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Smelly urine
  • Increased urinary urgency
  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Chills
  • Fever (if you have an infection)

If you suspect urinary stones, the best course of action is quick diagnosis and treatment at Midwest Urology Associates. If you take care of urinary stones before they have a chance to grow even larger, you can often avoid surgery. 

How are urinary stones treated?

If you have very small urinary stones that don't cause symptoms, the Midwest Urology Associates team might recommend waiting for the stone to pass naturally. For stones that cause symptoms, there are a few different options, including:

Medication 

Medication can relax your ureter and allow stone passage. If you have an infection, you’ll also need antibiotics.

Shockwave lithotripsy

Shockwave lithotripsy is an in-office procedure in which controlled shockwaves pass through your skin and shatter urinary stones into many little pieces. Then, you pass the smaller pieces through normal urination.

Ureteroscopy

In a ureteroscopy, an ultrathin scope moves through your urinary system to take images. After visualizing the stone, your provider uses a small basket-like tool to remove it. 

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy 

In percutaneous nephrolithotomy, your provider removes a kidney stone using a small back incision. Usually, this procedure is reserved for large stones that don't respond to other treatments because it's a hospital procedure requiring general anesthesia. 

Midwest Urology Associates recommends the most effective treatments for urinary stones based on your needs and health. 

Click the appointment scheduler 24/7 or call either of the Midwest Urology Associates offices to get urinary stone treatment now.