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Kidney Stone Evaluation & Treatment 

Top-Rated Urology Colorado Springs 

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.

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Speak With A Kidney Stone Specialist

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.

Urologist Colorado Springs, CO

Cutting-Edge Kidney Stone Treatment

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: 

  • Noninvasive shockwave lithotripsy
  • Ureteroscopic stone removal
  • Percutaneous stone removal

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Kidney Stones?  

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.

What Are The Symptoms Of Kidney Stones?

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:

  • Only urinating in small amounts at a time
  • Chills and fever
  • Needing to urinate more often than normal
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Foul-smelling or cloudy urine
  • Brown, red or pink urine
  • Experiencing pain when urinating
  • Intense pain that fluctuates or comes in waves 
  • Pain that moves or radiates from the groin to the lower abdomen
  • Intense, severe pain below your ribs and in the back and side

How Do You Treat Kidney Stones?

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.

What Are The Risk Factors For Kidney Stones?

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:

  • Dehydration: If you fail to drink enough water on a daily basis, it can increase your chances of experiencing kidney stones. Consequently, if you live in a warm climate and sweat frequently, you might be at a greater risk for dehydration.
  • Family history: If you have experienced kidney stones before or you have a strong family history of them, you are at a greater risk for kidney stones.
  • Certain medical conditions: Some conditions and diseases can increase your risk of developing kidney stones. These conditions include urinary tract infections, hyperparathyroidism, cystinuria or renal tubular acidosis. Some medications can also increase your risk of developing kidney stones.
  • Digestive diseases: Chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease or gastric bypass surgery can all increase your risk of kidney stones. This is because they can change the way your body digests food, thus altering your absorption of water and calcium. This, in turn, will over increase the substances in your urine that can cause stones to form.
  • Being overweight: Being considered obese means you have a larger waist size. This is yet another risk factor associated with kidney stones.
  • Dietary choices: Having a diet that is high in sugar, salt or protein can increase your risk of developing kidney stones.

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