Kidney Stones: How They Form and How to Treat Them

June 10, 2013

Kidney stones are very common in both men and women, especially during the hot summer months when we need to stay well hydrated. While some people may not have any complaints, typical symptoms include severe back or groin pain, burning with urination, blood in the urine, and having to urinate frequently.

Although stones may appear small and innocent at times, they can cause major pain and complications if not managed appropriately. Here are some tips to keep in mind to prevent kidney stones from forming: drink plenty of water, eat more citrus, and reduce consumption of salt and red meat.

If you have any direct family members that have had kidney stones, pay even more attention to these tips as you may be at a higher risk of forming stones. At the Austin Urology Institute, we pride ourselves on an aggressive kidney stone prevention program. When surgery is needed, we provide the latest in non-invasive, as well as minimally invasive outpatient surgery when required.

Please call to schedule an appointment for preventative/follow-up care: 512-694-8888