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Kidney Stones Specialist

Illinois Urological Institute

Urological Surgeons located in Wheaton, IL & Geneva, IL

If you’re one of the 10% of adults in the United States who’ve already had a kidney stone, you may already know you’re at greater risk of developing more. The experts at Illinois Urological Institute, with offices in Wheaton and Geneva, Illinois, provide affordable in-office treatments for kidney stones. If you think you have a kidney stone, call today or schedule an appointment online for diagnosis and treatment.

Kidney Stones Q & A

What is a kidney stone?

A kidney stone is a rock-like substance that forms from the minerals, salts, and proteins found in your kidneys. These mineral deposits can form in any part of your urinary tract, including your kidneys, bladder, or ureters.

You may be more likely to form a kidney stone if you excrete highly concentrated urine because it allows the minerals and salts to crystallize due to not drinking enough water. Family history may also increase your risk of kidney stones.

Calcium oxalate kidney stones are the most common type of stone, but uric acid or calcium phosphate stones can also form.

How do I know if I have a kidney stone?

You may not know you have a kidney stone until it starts moving around your urinary tract. The type and severity of the resulting symptoms may depend on the size, shape, and location.

Some of the most common symptoms of kidney stones include:

  • Pain in the back or side below the ribs
  • Fever
  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain that fluctuates in intensity
  • Blood in the urine
  • Foul-smelling or cloudy urine
  • Increased urination or difficulty urinating

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, call the team at Illinois Urological Institute to schedule an evaluation. The team uses a blood, urine, or imaging test to diagnose kidney stones.

How are kidney stones treated?

Treatment for kidney stones depends on their size and location. If the stone is small enough or hasn’t gotten stuck, you can pass it on your own. In this case, treatment may only involve increasing your water intake and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Larger stones may require more invasive treatment like surgery.

For a uric acid or cystine stones, the team Illinois Urological Institute may prescribe medication to dissolve the stone, making it easier to pass.

If you can’t pass the stone on your own, the team may try extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), a noninvasive treatment that uses shockwave energy to disintegrate your stone so it can easily pass through your urinary tract and out of your body. You may need more than one ESWL treatment to fully dissolve your stones.

For treatment and management of your kidney stones, call the office or book an appointment online. Affordable treatment plans are available.