24-Hour Kidney Stone Treatment in Lakewood and Golden
Up to 20% of men and 10% of women will develop a kidney stone, also known as nephrolithiasis, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Kidney stones are formed by hard mineral substances. Stones can develop in the kidney or urinary tract. Risk factors include:
- Low fluid intake
- Bowel conditions like Crohn’s Disease and colitis
- Health conditions like gout, high blood pressure, and diabetes
- Diets high in sodium, animal fats, or oxalates (organic acids found in foods and drinks like soy, black tea, nuts, fruits, and vegetables)
- Genetics (a family history of kidney stones can double the chances of developing a kidney stone)
While small kidney stones may pass on their own with minimal pain, larger kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful and may require medical intervention. At Foothills Urology, we are available for immediate kidney stone treatment within 24 hours to relieve your pain and lower the risk for urinary tract and kidney infections. Our board-certified urologists have extensive experience in treating advanced kidney stone disease and offer the most current, minimally invasive kidney stone treatment options.
Foothills Urology offers a wide range of treatments within 24 hours, even on weekends and holidays. After relieving your immediate pain, our urologists will work with you to develop a customized kidney stone prevention plan to minimize future kidney stone issues.
Our offices are located in the Red Rocks Medical Center at 400 W. Indiana St. in Lakewood, which also houses Invision Sally Jobe and Red Rocks Surgery Center, providing patients with convenient access to imaging and outpatient surgery needs.
Evaluating Kidney Stones
Quickly diagnosing your kidney stone is of utmost priority at Foothills Urology. If your kidney stone has not already been identified through ultrasound or CT scan by your primary care physician or at an emergency room, we will obtain an immediate image to determine the size and location of the stone. A urine test is also required to help provide a proper diagnosis. We will then discuss kidney stone treatment options with you based on your symptoms and the size and location of your kidney stone.
Effective Kidney Stone Treatment
At Foothills Urology, we have many options to choose from to treat your kidney stones. Because we have treated thousands of patients with kidney stones, published research articles on kidney stone prevention and kidney stone treatment, and received specialized training in this area, we have the expertise to understand your condition and offer the treatment best suited to you.
In addition, Foothills Urology surgeons have performed hundreds of endoscopic procedures for kidney stones and are affiliated with the Kidney Stone Center of the Rocky Mountains to provide the latest advancements in kidney stone treatments.
Foothills Urology offers comprehensive kidney stone treatment within 24 hours in the west Denver foothills area. Options we can provide include:
- Medical expulsive therapy – Medications including alpha-blockers such as Flomax have been shown to be effective in promoting the passing of kidney and ureteral stones.
- Medical dissolution therapy – For certain types of stones, including uric acid stones, medications can help dissolve the stone.
- Ureteroscopy – An endoscopic procedure, ureteroscopy uses a small scope to enter the bladder and ureter. The scope can be used to break up and remove kidney stones with a laser.
- Shock Wave Lithotripsy – This noninvasive procedure passes shock waves through the tissue to break up kidney stones.
- Cystoscopic Laser Lithotripsy (Cystolithalopaxy) – Used primarily for bladder stones, this procedure utilizes lasers to break down large bladder stones.
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) – Primarily used for larger kidney stones, percutaneous nephrolithotomy uses a thin telescopic instrument that is inserted through an incision in the back to reach the kidney and remove the stone.
- Robotic surgery – If a stone is not amenable to any of the above therapies, our experienced laparoscopic surgeons can utilize minimally-invasive robotic surgery to remove the stone.
Kidney Stone Prevention
Up to 50 percent of people will develop new kidney stones after the first occurrence. Foothills Urology is committed to helping patients minimize the risk of developing new kidney stones. After being treated for a kidney stone, we recommend some patients undergo a comprehensive metabolic evaluation to identify risk factors for kidney stones. For patients at high risk of recurrence, we also may have your kidney stone that was removed evaluated to provide additional information for prevention. Based on our findings, we will offer you a preventive plan of dietary modifications and/or medications to reduce your risk of developing future kidney stones.