When salt and minerals clump together in your urine, they create kidney stones. In some cases, these stones can be passed through urination with relative ease, but they sometimes block a ureter, preventing your kidneys from releasing urine. This is an incredibly painful condition.
Symptoms of Kidney Stones
The most common sign of kidney stones is excruciating pain that radiates from the back and sides to the pelvis and genital areas. You may also experience:
- Burning during urination
- Fever and chills
- Constant urge to urinate
- Blood in your urine
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cloudy urine
- Strange odor in urine
- Loss of appetite
Diagnosing Kidney Stones
To pinpoint the size and location of kidney stones, doctors will make use of imaging tests like x-rays, ultrasounds, and CT scans. The doctor will then be able to determine if you need treatment or if the stones are small enough to pass on their own.
Laser Lithotripsy for Kidney Stones
Lather lithotripsy is a well-established treatment for kidney stones. Our urology lasers provide an even more efficient way to fragment kidney stones, using stone dusting. Our HYPHO laser uses a more controlled and precise way to fragment urinary calculi that eliminates the requirement for basket retrieval. This shortens recovery times and increases comfort for the patient. Contact our medical laser manufacturers today to learn more.