Kidney Stones

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 […]

Fertility issues are very common. This infographic from Austin Urology Institute explains the state of fertility in the United States.

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 (or […]

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 […]

8 Signs You Are At Risk for Kidney Stones

August 14, 2014  |  Kidney Stones  

Kidney stones have a higher chance of developing based on poor diet, certain medications and genetics. What are some common indicators? 1. Low water intake or decreased hydration 2. High caffeine intake such as coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks (>2-3 beverages per day) 3. Obesity 5. Poor diet 4. Family history 5. High intake of […]

When do kidney stones require surgery?

August 12, 2014  |  Kidney Stones  

Surgery on kidney stones should be reserved as an option for cases where observation has failed. Surgery may be needed if a stone: – does not pass after a reasonable period of time (usually about 1-2 weeks) – Causes constant and intractable pain – Causes persistent nausea and vomiting – Is too large to pass […]

Why are kidney stones more common in Texas?

June 10, 2014  |  Kidney Health  Kidney Stones  

Austin and its surrounding cities (Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Bastrop, and San Marcos) are at higher risk of making stones mostly due to the hot weather. During the summer, people enjoy spending time outside. Austin, in particular is a very active city and many people do not hydrate as well as they should. […]