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What should you know about treating a kidney stone?

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Kidney stones are hard deposits made from minerals such as calcium or waste products such as uric acid. They start small, but they can grow bigger as more minerals stick to them.

Some kidney stones often pass on their own without treatment. Other stones that are painful or that get stuck in your urinary tract sometimes need to be removed with surgery.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lithotripsy."

Mayo Clinic: "Kidney stones treatments and drugs." "Percutaneous nephrolithotomy: What you can expect."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Treatment for Kidney Stones in Adults."

National Kidney Foundation: "Kidney Stone Treatment: Shock Wave Lithotripsy." "Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy/Nephrolithotripsy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Kidney Stones."

UC San Diego Health: "Ureteroscopy."

Urology Care Foundation: "How are kidney stones treated?" "What are Kidney Stones?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lithotripsy."

Mayo Clinic: "Kidney stones treatments and drugs." "Percutaneous nephrolithotomy: What you can expect."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Treatment for Kidney Stones in Adults."

National Kidney Foundation: "Kidney Stone Treatment: Shock Wave Lithotripsy." "Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy/Nephrolithotripsy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Kidney Stones."

UC San Diego Health: "Ureteroscopy."

Urology Care Foundation: "How are kidney stones treated?" "What are Kidney Stones?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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