Kidney Stones Specialist

San Fernando Valley Urological Associates

Urologists located in Tarzana, CA & West Hills, CA

If you aren’t drinking enough water to flush out your kidneys, you might be at increased risk of developing painful kidney stones. At San Fernando Valley Urological Associates, the experienced urologists are fellowship-trained in diagnosing and treating kidney stones – even the most complex ones, so you do not have to travel far beyond The Valley to be treated. At the offices in Tarzana and West Hills, California, the team can confirm the presence of kidney stones and recommend non-invasive or surgical treatments. If you think you have kidney stones, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or call the San Fernando Valley Urological Associates office nearest you today.

Kidney Stones Q&A

What are kidney stones?

Your kidneys are responsible for producing urine to remove excess fluids and waste from your blood. In some cases, a buildup of waste in your kidney can form sticky clumps called kidney stones.

Some people are prone to having kidney stones, especially those who:

  • Are obese
  • Have kidney disease
  • Don’t drink enough water
  • Eat a high-protein, high-sugar diet
  • Take certain medications
  • Have a family history of kidney stones

You could also be at an increased risk of developing kidney stones if you’re male.

What are the symptoms of kidney stones?

Not all kidney stones cause symptoms, as some grow slowly without producing pain. You should schedule a consultation at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates if you have a history of kidney stones or if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain during urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Sharp lower back or abdominal pain

The urology team can recommend diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out kidney stones. Testing can include ultrasound imaging of your kidneys to determine how many kidney stones you have and where they are.

How are kidney stones treated?

In many cases, kidney stones will pass on their own without treatment. However, some stones will require treatment like:

Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy

Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy uses shock wave energy to break up kidney stones that meet the criteria for ESWL (depends on visibility, size, location, and composition) into smaller fragments that are easier to pass when you urinate.

Surgery

Surgery to remove stones not treatable with extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy will be necessary to save the kidney, prevent recurrent infections, and relieve pain.

The San Fernando Valley Urological Associates team will recommend that you undergo surgery if you suffer from severe kidney pain, have an infection, or your kidney function is quickly deteriorating because of kidney stones.

How can I prevent kidney stones?

The urology team at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates can provide you with resources to prevent additional kidney stones. They can test for metabolic conditions that can cause kidney stones to form and recommend a prevention program for you to follow.

You might also benefit from medications that can prevent recurrent kidney stones that interfere with your urinary tract health and function.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for kidney stones, call the San Fernando Valley Urological Associates office nearest you today or book a consultation online.