Nephrolithiasis is the term for kidney stone disease. It can be painful and even debilitating. With the rising prevalence of nephrolithiasis, the urologists at Virginia Mason are committed to doing everything possible to prevent stones from recurring.
Contributing risk factors for kidney stone disease include:
Certain medications—including diuretics and those taken for migraine headaches—also increase the risk for developing stones.
At Virginia Mason, all of our patients who have kidney stones are thoroughly evaluated to determine the risk of stones recurring.
This comprehensive evaluation includes:
In addition, people who have recurring stones or who are at risk of recurring stones are asked to collect all urine for 24 hours. Lab tests of these urine samples help evaluate risks and monitor treatment.
You can be proactive in reducing your risk for kidney stones by changing some of your lifestyle and dietary habits.
Recommended changes include:
Because obesity is a risk factor for stones, losing even a few pounds of weight can help.
Research shows that certain medicines help prevent common types of kidney stones from recurring. Depending on the type of stone you tend to get, your urologist may recommend a medication such as:
If you have had kidney stones, we want to monitor you periodically to prevent stones from recurring.
Depending on the type of stone you have had, monitoring may include:
For more information about kidney stones or to schedule an appointment, call 206-223-6772.