Kidney Stone Education

Kidney Stone Density & Why It's Important [The Hounsfield Unit]

Kidney Stone Density & Why It's Important [The Hounsfield Unit]

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Understanding the composition and density of kidney stones plays a key role in determining the most appropriate treatment. CT scans are currently the gold standard of care when it comes to kidney stone imagining because in addition to providing the size and location of the kidney stone, CT scans can also assess the density of kidney stones in Hounsfield Units (HU). The Hounsfield Unit is a radiodensity scale that can identify density of various body parts and kidney stones. 

Kidney Stone Imaging Techniques [What Should You Choose?]

Kidney Stone Imaging Techniques [What Should You Choose?]

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The imaging you receive for your kidney stone can either set you up for success or leave you hanging without critical information. This blog aims to equip you with the knowledge you need to have an educated conversation with your Doctor/Urologist to ensure you receive the appropriate imaging technique for your specific situation.
3 Ways to Tell If Your Kidney Stone Passed

3 Ways to Tell If Your Kidney Stone Passed

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Whether you’re new to passing kidney stones or have passed them for years, kidney stones can be tricky. And, when it comes to knowing if you have truly, finally passed that agonizing kidney stone, sometimes you just don’t know. Well today, it’s out goal to try and clear up as much of the uncertainty as we can by introducing you to the three ways that a kidney stone can pass.

Where Do Kidney Stones Get Stuck

Where Do Kidney Stones Get Stuck

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Kidney stones can be incredibly stubborn and have a knack for getting stuck while passing. Sometimes kidney stones get stuck due to their characteristics such as shape, size, or jagged nature. Other times, kidney stones get stuck due to natural narrowing in our urinary tract. The focus of today’s discussion will be identifying the three location that kidney stones have the highest likelihood of getting stuck and what we can do to minimize the chances of this or address the blockage if it occurs (jump and stomp method).
NSAID's For Kidney Stone Pain

NSAID's For Kidney Stone Pain

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NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve) are widely prescribed and in use by people suffering from kidney stones. While NSAIDs are perceived to be safe and offer easy access, low cost, and moderate pain relief, there are downsides to use of this drug that need to be taken into consideration.

 

Check out this video to understand what NSAIDs are, how they work, what problems they can cause, and what alternatives exist to address kidney stone pain.

What is Renal Colic & What Treatments Are Available?

What is Renal Colic & What Treatments Are Available?

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Renal colic is the technical term for that immense, out of this world, pain that you experience with kidney stones. Many people think that it's the stone itself that causes the terrible pain. However, as we will find out in this video, there is so much more happening behind the scenes in our body that contribute to this intense level of pain. We will also discuss what treatment options exist to manage or eliminate the pain. 
How to Combat Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stone Growth

How to Combat Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stone Growth

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Calcium oxalate kidney stones are the most common kidney stone in the United States. These stones account for roughly 80% of the stones formed. So, they're a big issue!

The current belief in the medical establishment is that calcium oxalate kidney stones cannot be dissolved. However, a 2018 study from the University of Illinois has changed this. Calcium oxalate kidney stones do in fact dissolve within the human body. 

Smoking's Impact on Kidney Stone Passage Rate

Smoking's Impact on Kidney Stone Passage Rate

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We all know that smoking is bad news for our health. However, it gets worse if you have kidney stones 😧  Check out this video to learn the impact that smoking has on your ability to naturally pass your kidney stone.
3 Steps to Flush Out Kidney Stones Stuck at UVJ or in Bladder

3 Steps to Flush Out Kidney Stones Stuck at UVJ or in Bladder

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Kidney Stones are tough enough as it is. But, when they get stuck at the Ureterovesical Junction (UVJ) or in the Bladder, the increased pain and irritation can lead to costly additional trips to the Emergency Room. The goal of today’s blog is to guide you through the process of flushing out a kidney stone naturally.
Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate Kidney Stones [Subtypes + Causes]

Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate Kidney Stones [Subtypes + Causes]

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Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate kidney stones form due to an elevated concentration of oxalate ions in the urine without an associated elevation in urinary calcium. This condition is also known as Hyperoxaluria. The degree and duration of Hyperoxaluria determine the morphological subtype (Type 1a to 1e). Additionally, it is essential to note that Hyperoxaluria results from both genetic factors (inherited) and dietary factors (idiopathic). 
What Size Kidney Stone Will Pass?

What Size Kidney Stone Will Pass?

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What size kidney stone will pass?!? It's a question that we get asked all the time. In general, stones that are less than 9mm in mean diameter have a chance to pass unassisted. However, as you will learn in this blog, there is a very wide degree of variance in the information you will get from your Healthcare Provider.
Dietary Citrates & Kidney Stones

Dietary Citrates & Kidney Stones

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In this video we explore the impact of citric acid and dietary citrates on the formation of kidney stones. 

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