Will The Stone Pass???:
Most kidney stones which start to
pass will eventually come out spontaneously. Factors that
predict the likelikhood that the stone will pass include the kidney
stone size and location. Small stones are more likely to
continue moving and eventually come out. If the stone has
moved to the end of the ureter (the tube linking the kidney and
bladder), it is also more likely to come out.
Waiting For It To Come Out:
While you and your doctor wait
expectantly for the stone to pass, often times pain killers
including Tylenol 3, Percocet, or, Motrin, or Vicodin are
prescribed. Copious consumption of liquids is
recommended to increase urine flow in the hope this will help get
the stone moving.
Medications To Help Get The
The medicine Tamsulosin (Flomax) may
help stones to pass. It may even help relieve some of the pain
associated with passing a stone. This medicine is typically
used for men with enlarged prostates. It also works on muscles
of the ureter to decrease the spasm. This spasm is the cause
of the pain and nausea that occurs when passing a stone.
If I Need Surgery:
If the stone does not pass, a
urologist may need to perform an invasive procedure to remove the
stone. This can include passing a catheter into the bladder
and then up the ureter to remove it or break it apart with a laser.
Sometimes the stone is left in place and a stent/tube is placed in
the ureter. Typically if a person is having fevers and
appears to have an infection a stent/tube will be placed in the
ureter to relieve the blockage caused by the stone. Once the
infection has been adequately treated then the stent and stone can
be removed. An infection associated with a kidney stone can be
a life threatening complication.
The above statements are not recommendations for your care.
Anyone passing a stone should have individualized care from his/her
physician. The above statements are meant to help you
understand recommendations which your physician might suggest.
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