Nephrology

Kidney stones

This is one of the main reasons to visit the urologist. If you lead a sedentary life, have an unbalanced and non-Mediterranean diet, you may increase the chances of having kidney stones at some point. 

If you suffer from kidney stones and do not expel them through your urine, we advise you to ask for a free evaluation with our Doctor. We will help you find the best solution immediately. There are procedures to treat the formation of kidney stones.

Treatment characteristics

Kidney stones are solid formations that appear after the crystallization of certain minerals that are in the urine. 

The most common symptoms are urinary infections, blood in urine and pain when urinating.

The treatment for kidney stones depends on the size of the stones and their composition.

Smaller stones usually pass spontaneously in urine, but larger stones may require specific treatment.

Extracorporeal lithotripsy or percutaneous nephrolithotomy are two of the most commonly used treatments for kidney stone removal.

Extracorporeal lithotripsy consists of using shock waves to fragment existing stones into smaller stones to facilitate their expulsion when urinating.

This is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require any type of anaesthesia and lasts between 45 and 60 minutes.

This procedure does not require hospitalisation and you will be able to leave within an hour or two after the treatment.

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is a procedure that is usually performed under general anesthesia and usually takes between 2 to 4 hours. The doctor will ask you to lie face down on the table and, once you are asleep, he will make an incision where he will insert a probe through which he will pass the apparatus needed to fragment and extract the stones. 

After the operation, you will be taken to the ward where you will spend the night. The surgeon will leave a drain in your kidney in order for it to finish cleaning, this will be removed before you are discharged.

Most patients who undergo this treatment have had their symptoms completely eliminated.

In the case of extracorporeal lithotripsy, no more than 5 or 6 days will be necessary. After a nephrolithotomy, you will have to remain in Spain for at least 15 to 20 days to be able to undergo a check-up.

Treatment itinerary

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After treatment

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