Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals that form in the kidneys, potentially causing extreme pain as they pass through the urinary system. The location of these stones, and therefore the pain, may shift as it moves through the urinary system.
How The Y Factor Can Help
The Y Factor prioritizes the scheduling of these patients due to the urgent nature of the situation. This assessment encompasses review of diagnostic imaging and a consult with the medical provider to diagnose the reason for the pain and the size and location of the stone.
The Y Factor will address the comfort and pain level of the patient and then proceed with the treatment of the condition. Pain management encompasses appropriate medication, and in extreme cases, a stent or internal drainage tube used to relieve the obstruction and pain. Once the pain is under control, then more permanent treatment options will be pursued.
Treatment options depend on the size and location of the stone combined with the pain level the patient is experiencing.
Shock Wave Lithotripsy
Sound waves are used to break up the larger stones into smaller fragments that can more easily pass through the urinary system.
A scope is used through the urethra to break up stones.
Medication is prescribed and the patient is closely monitored until the stone passes through the urinary system. This option is the primary choice if the stones are small or if the pain level is manageable.
Symptoms of Kidney Stones
Severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs.
Pain that radiates to the lower abdomen and groin.
Pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity.
Pain upon urination.
Pink, red or brown urine.
Nausea and vomiting.
Persistent need to urinate.
Fever and chills if an infection is present.
Urinating small amounts.
Pain fluctuating in intensity or coming in waves.