The dedicated team at Pikes Peak Urology delivers excellent clinical outcomes for a wide spectrum of urologic conditions. Since 1989, our well-rounded team of urologists have provided a welcoming, comfortable environment for residents of Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, and customize treatment plans based on each patient’s unique needs. Our team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence, UTIs, kidney cancer, kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, male infertility, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), low testosterone, and prostate cancer. We also provide no-scalpel vasectomies and vaginal revitalization using the cutting-edge MonaLisa Touch laser treatment. Our procedures are performed with the highest level of sterility and safety in the ambulatory surgery center conveniently located next door. Get the prompt, caring, and compassionate care that you deserve at Pikes Peak Urology.
Do you have dull to severe side or back pain just below the ribs? Are you urinating more often than normal? Is your urine cloudy or discolored? If so, you might have kidney stones. Kidney stones affect approximately 10 percent of Americans over the course of their lives. Here in the Colorado Springs region, with the high altitude and dry environment, kidney stones are even more common due to the high risk of dehydration. Fortunately, the dedicated urological team at Pikes Peak Urology has years of clinical experience providing kidney stone treatment. Speak with one of our experts today to receive a full evaluation and diagnosis.
An acute kidney stone episode is one of the most painful experiences of a person’s life. There are numerous treatment options for kidney stones depending on the size, location and number of stones, including:
We have extensive experience with all of these techniques. One of our partners, Dr. Jeffrey Moody, is also the only kidney stone fellowship-trained urologist in the Pikes Peak region. Our physicians are happy to assist you in your diagnosis, treatment and prevention of further kidney stones. Please call our office or schedule a consultation online.
Kidney stones are formed when salts and other minerals within urine stick together. The stones can vary in size from a stone as small as a sugar crystal to the size of a golf ball. They often go unnoticed unless the stones create a blockage. A kidney stone can cause intense pain when it breaks loose and pushes into the narrow ducts that lead to the bladder. This pain has been said to be on the same level as giving birth.
You may not even notice you have a kidney stone unless it moves into the tube connecting your bladder and kidneys. However, if that happens, you can expect to experience the following symptoms:
The treatment options for treating kidney stones vary based on the severity of the symptoms. If you are only experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, most often you will be advised to drink plenty of water and take pain relievers or other medication to ease your pain until the stone passes. However, the following are optional treatments for larger, more painful stones:
Sound Waves: Depending on the size, type and location of your kidney stones, our doctors might be able to use sound waves to break them up. This procedure is more formally called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). ESWL is performed under light anesthesia or sedation, and lasts from 45 to 60 minutes.
Surgery: Another option to treat large kidney stones is percutaneous nephrolithotomy surgery. This involves the removal of stones via instruments through a small incision in your back, using a telescope as a guide. You can expect to spend one to two days recovering in the hospital after this procedure.
Scope: Your doctor might opt to insert a thin tube called a ureteroscope into your kidney or ureter to either remove the stones or break them up so they are easier to pass.
There is not usually one singular cause of kidney stones. However, there are various factors that can lead to an increased risk for kidney stones: