Prevention an Important Part of Treatment
Successful treatment of recurrent kidney stones often involves more than eliminating the stone – in many cases it also requires a careful evaluation to identify metabolic abnormalities that predispose patients to stone formation.
The evaluation may include a comprehensive medical history, imaging tests, stone analysis, urine studies, blood tests and genetic testing. Patients receive dietary counseling and many may be prescribed medications to limit or eradicate further stone activity.
Common Questions & Answers about Kidney Stones
Dietary Information - Dietary patterns such a low fluid consumption, too much salt, too much protein, too much oxalate, and not enough calcium can all increase the risk of stone formation.
Oxalate Content in Foods - Patients who form calcium oxalate stones should avoid eating foods containing high amounts of oxalate.
The Urology Care Foundation is a good resource for learning more about this condition. Download a free patient guide from their website that covers diagnosis, treatment and prevention information.