When do kidney stones require surgery?

August 12, 2014

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 on its own (>6mm)

– Blocks the flow of urine

– Causes ongoing urinary tract infection

– Harms the function of the kidney


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