Kidney Stones

Adults can have symptoms ranging from none to excruciating pain as the kidney stones travel through their urinary tract. Our team of board-certified urologists and specialists at SouthWest Urology safely and successfully eliminate kidney stones. We understand that kidney stones can be quite painful so it’s crucial to get care immediately. At SouthWest Urology we are committed to offering same-day appointments for kidney stone treatment.

Kidney stones (also called renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, or urolithiasis) are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys. Often, stones form when the urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together. There are different types of kidney stones:

  • Calcium stones
  • Uric acid stones
  • Struvite stones
  • Cystine stones

Diet, excess body weight, lack of fluid intake, some medical conditions, certain supplements, and medications are among the many causes of kidney stones. Kidney stones can affect any part of your urinary tract — from your kidneys to your bladder.

Kidney stones seldom cause symptoms while they remain in the kidney. When they move into the ureter and start to travel to the bladder, you’ll experience symptoms such as:

  • Severe back pain under the ribcage
  • Pain that radiates to the lower abdomen and groin
  • Pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity
  • Blood in your urine
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Urinary frequency or urgency
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Intermittent urine stream
Diagnosis & Treatment of kidney stones

Your SouthWest Urology experts perform a urinalysis and diagnostic imaging such as an ultrasound, X-ray, intravenous pyelogram, or CT scan. These tests show the location and size of your stones and if the stones block any part of your urinary tract.
Our team of specialists employ a wide variety of minimally invasive, advanced treatment options:

  • Medications
  • Ureteroscopy
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotripsy (PCNL)

After determining the type of kidney stones you have, the SouthWest Urology team can help you prevent future stones with dietary changes, supplements, and medications when necessary.

If you develop sever back/flank pain, difficulty urinating, nausea and vomiting or other symptoms of kidney stones, call SouthWest Urology right away to schedule your same-day appointment!

Why Choose Us?

  • Twelve highly trained, collaborative urological specialists all taking new patients
  • Four locations across the northern Ohio region
  • Consultation appointments scheduled within 5-7 days of referral
  • One-stop office for a wide range of urological conditions for both males and females
  • In-office lab testing and imaging
  • In-office medication dispensary
  • Comprehensive cancer care including kidney, ureter, bladder, prostate, and testicular cancers
  • Clinical navigation for BPH, Overactive Bladder and Prostate Cancer
  • Clinical Trials
  • We accept most insurance plans including Medicare, Medicaid, and VA