Kidney stones can develop in 1 or both kidneys and most often affect people aged 30 to 60 and they’re quite common, with more than 1 in 10 people affected. Most stones are small enough to pass naturally in your urine. Bigger kidney stones may require treatment.
Kidney stones can be extremely painful and can lead to kidney infections or the kidney not working properly if left untreated.
Symptoms of kidney stones:
Some of the symptoms and signs of kidney stones include:
- Pain in the back, belly, or side
- Pain or burning during urination
- Urinary urgency (Needing to go to the bathroom more urgently or frequently than usual)
- Blood in the urine Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
- Narrow Urine flow
Screening and diagnosis of kidney stones:
To diagnose your kidney stones Dr. Muthanna Al Rawi starts with a physical exam and review of your medical history. According to the symptoms, the doctor may carry out a renal ultrasound scan or CT scan may also ask you to carry out urine and blood tests.
Kidney Stone Treatment Options
Dr. Muthanna Al Rawi is one of the expert Consultant Urologists in Dubai who gives kidney care and his clinic is well-equipped to provide a range of kidney stone treatment options which might include:
- Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy: A non-invasive treatment uses a high-intensity sound wave to break the kidney stones up into smaller pieces, so you can pass them naturally.
- Ureteroscopy: A minimally-invasive procedure that uses a thin, semi-rigid telescope to find and break up kidney stones.
- Ureterorenoscopy: A procedure uses a pencil-thin, flexible telescope to find and break up kidney stones by using laser
- Percutaneous surgery (PCNL): This procedure involves removing larger stones by approaching them through the back, using an X-ray as a guide.