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How can I prevent bladder stones?

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Ideally, you prevent them by treating the cause of the bladder stones. That’s not always possible, but there are some options:

Aside from that, make sure to drink plenty of water to help keep the minerals in your urine from turning into crystals and forming bladder stones. Ask your doctor how much you should drink each day.

And be sure to check with your doctor if you have any problems peeing, such as pain, stopping and starting over and over, or peeing too often.

  • Bladder diverticula: You could get surgery to remove them. Treating an enlarged prostate may sometimes prevent the diverticula from forming in the first place.
  • Men with a larger-than-usual prostate: Medicine or surgery may help.
  • Nerve damage: Medicine or a different catheter could make bladders stones less likely.
  • Women with cystocele: Surgery may be needed to support the bladder and other pelvic organs.

From: What Are Bladder Stones? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.Org: “Kidney and Bladder Stones.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bladder Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Stones.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “The Urinary Tract and How It Works.”

PubMed: “How does the prostate work?”

UpToDate: “Pelvic organ prolapse in women”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.Org: “Kidney and Bladder Stones.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bladder Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Stones.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “The Urinary Tract and How It Works.”

PubMed: “How does the prostate work?”

UpToDate: “Pelvic organ prolapse in women”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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