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Size Of Kidney Stones Determine Treatments

Author: Ann Williams

Kidney stones can be extremely painful depending on the size and where it is located. The size of kidney stones is dependent on many factors. This article will talk about the size and what can be done about kidney stones.


The size of kidney stones can not be predicted or controlled. A person is more prone to kidney stones if the condition already runs in the family, or if there is another pre-existing medical condition that helps with the growth of kidney stones. The sizes of these stones can vary, depending on what type of stone it is, the time the stone has been in the kidney and whether or not any diuretics or medications have been taken to help the kidney stone dissolve on its on.

The size of kidney stones can vary from being the size of a piece of sand, to being as large as a golf ball. For the smaller, sand-sized stones, people may pass these painlessly, completely unaware that they even had any stones at all. This size of kidney stones can be flushed through the kidneys with no more help than water or other fluids.

Stones that are larger, however, will require some help to get them pushed through the system. Stones that are too large to pass by themselves will require over the counter pain medications to help relieve mild to moderate pain, while the person is drinking plenty of water to flush the smaller stones out of the kidney. While this size of kidney stones can cause minor discomfort, larger stones can cause excruciating pain in the lower abdomen, groin area and under the rib cage.

Other symptoms that can occur with the larger stones is bloody or painful urination, an urgent need to "go" and nausea and/or vomiting. This size of kidney stone requires prescription medications, under a doctor's supervision. There are also certain medications that can be given to help dissolve the stones in the kidney.

The treatments for this size of kidney stones include prescription medicines, lithotripsy, surgery, using an ureteroscope or even parathyroid gland surgery.

Lithotripsy is a process that uses sound waves to break the kidney stones apart into smaller stones that can pass on their own. This procedure can make a loud noise, to create the sound wave, and possibly some minor discomfort, so doctors may administer a light anesthetic to help with the discomfort.

Surgery requires a small incision be made in the patient's back, right above the kidney area, so that the kidney stone can be removed by hand. This procedure is usually only done after the patient has undergone Lithotripsy without any results.

The ureteroscope is a lit tube, thin and flexible, that can be guided through the urethra to the bladder. This scope is equipped with tools that can grab the stone or break it down into smaller pieces to allow them to pass harmlessly in the urine.


Parathyroid gland surgery is a way to deal with a specific type of kidney stone. Overactive thyroid glands can help to produce calcium stones. This size of kidney stone can be extremely painful. Doctors can treat the over active thyroid gland to help reduce the formation of these stones.

While there is no set way to determine how large a kidney stone is or can get. However, with any size of kidney stone, the best treatment is preventative. Individuals seeking to avoid kidney stones should drink plenty of water and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.

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The remedies listed above are not intended to replace medical care. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from kidney stones, see your doctor immediately.

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