Kidney Stones

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month – Tips for Keeping them Healthy

March 1, 2021  |  Austin Urology  Kidney Cancer  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  Make/Well  The/Age  

Kidneys are incredible organs, and vital to our health.  The kidneys perform their life-sustaining job of filtering and returning about 200 quarts of fluid to the bloodstream every 24 hours. Around two quarts are removed from the body through urine, and the other 198 quarts are filtered and recovered in the body. However, in 2020, […]

Prevent Kidney Stones Naturally

February 13, 2021  |  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  Uncategorized  

Urine naturally contains minerals and salts. When the urine is concentrated with these compounds it can cause hard stones to form in the kidneys (hence the name kidney stones). Once the kidney stones begin to move into the ureter towards the bladder, that kidney stone is now called a ureteral stone and it’s trying to […]

What can you do right now to help prevent kidney stones?

February 10, 2021  |  Austin Urology  Bladder  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  Men's Health  Women's Health  

Kidney stones. The name alone is enough to leave some people shuttering. While some kidney stones are as small as a grain of sand and pass through the ureter without us even knowing, some can leave you with a sharp pain in your back, side, lower abdomen, or groin, and chances are the task of […]

The “Quality of Life” Items Your Doctor Often Forgets

November 30, 2019  |  Bladder  Enlarged Prostate  Erectile Dysfunction  Incontinence  Kidney Cancer  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  Men's Health  Prostate Cancer  Vasectomy  

During my medical school and training, I, along with other medical professionals were taught how to properly analyze, diagnose, and treat a wide variety of disease processes. While learning “how to doctor,” patient encounters were typically rote and followed a fairly strict protocol and ritual: obtain a history, perform a physical exam, provide an assessment […]

Skipping Rocks – Kidney Stones Causes, Types and Prevention

February 18, 2019  |  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  

Types of Kidney Stones There are a few things all Kidney stones have in common: for one, all are caused by high levels of minerals and salts in the urine. But they also come in many different forms – from “silent” and symptomless to extremely painful, from small to large, from common to rare. Here […]

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July 21, 2016  |  Kidney Stones  

If you’ve ever experienced a kidney stone, it’s probably not something you want to repeat. Some people say it’s the pain equivalent of birthing a child. We’ve had some patients say they would rather give birth again. However, kidney stone problems don’t stop with pain. In certain cases, kidney stones can be extra nasty. If […]

Can stress cause kidney stones?

October 28, 2015  |  Kidney Stones  Men's Health  Women's Health  

Kidney stones are a major pain in the abdomen. At Austin Urology Institute, Dr. Koushik Shaw and his team frequently see patients who are sidelined by a burr in their urinary tract, wondering how it got there and how to make it go away.   Patients often ask if kidney stones are caused by stress […]

6 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

June 17, 2015  |  Kidney Stones  

Summertime is also the season of kidney stones. If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you never want to have another one. If you’ve never had one, consider yourself lucky. Kidney stones are inconvenient and painful. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing one. Tips to Prevent Kidney Stones […]

Are Kidney Stones Hereditary?

October 8, 2014  |  Kidney Stones  

Yes! So the next time you feel that twinge of pain, go ahead and blame your relatives. Kidney stones are hereditary. If your parents or other family members have had kidney stones, you are also at risk to have them. With family history, it is important to alter your diet to prevent stones. This includes […]

When do kidney stones pass?

August 18, 2014  |  Kidney Cancer  Kidney Stones  

Kidney stones pass once they are out of the kidney, traveling down the ureter to the bladder. Stones that are <5mm can usually pass on their own. Some patients may choose conservative treatment and observe their stones, rather than go through a surgical procedure. This usually includes stones that are less than 6mm, not causing […]