Stone Disease Treatment in Wisconsin

What is Stone Disease?

Stone disease is a condition that occurs when crystals form in the urinary tract – often in the kidneys. Stones are a mass of solid crystals that grow when chemicals in the urine become concentrated. These stones can become lodged in the urinary tract, which can cause extreme pain, blockage and infection.

Stone Disease Symptoms

Blood in the urine and pain are the two most common symptoms of stone disease. Some people experience other signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Feeling the need to urinate frequently
  • An inability to urinate
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

If a serious urinary tract infection accompanies the stones, people may also experience:

  • Cloudy or foul smelling urine
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Weakness

Some people have silent kidney stones, meaning they do not have symptoms with their stone disease.

Treatments for Stone Disease

Treatment for your stone disease will depend on many things, including the severity of your symptoms, the size and number of your stones and your overall health. Some specialized treatments we offer at Aurora are:

  • Tubeless removal of large stones
  • Ureteroscopy with laser stone fragmentation
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
  • Percutaneous stone treatment / percutaneous nephrolithotomy

There are also things you can do to help prevent stones, including eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of fluids.

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With a Urology Specialist?

At Aurora, we have both urologists and endourologists. Endourologists are fellowship trained in the surgical treatment of stone disease.

To schedule a consultation or appointment with a urology specialist at Aurora, call one of the urology offices directly. View the list of Aurora urology specialists.