Kidney Stones Specialist

Bluewater Urology Associates

Urologists located in Orange Park, FL

When you’re suffering the from the extreme pain caused by kidney stones, you want the best care available as soon as possible. Mary Ann Kenneson, MD, at Bluewater Urology Associates in Orange Park, Florida, is one of the leading urology experts in northeast Florida and offers the most advanced, minimally invasive procedures available. Call Bluewater Urology Associates today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about their kidney stone treatments.

Kidney Stones Q & A

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are hard rocks or crystalline particles in the urinary tract. Kidney stones typically form from minerals and salts when urine becomes concentrated. The most common type of kidney stone is formed from calcium oxalate.

Kidney stones may form inside of your kidneys, but they can affect your entire urinary tract and bladder. They can develop at any age.

What are the symptoms of kidney stones?

Kidney stones can cause extreme pain, though you may not have symptoms until the stone passes into your ureter. The ureter connects your bladder and kidney.

Symptoms of kidney stones include:

  • Chills and fever
  • Painful urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Urine with a bad odor
  • Cloudy or discolored urine
  • Passing small amounts of urine

You might also experience extreme pain in the side or back below your ribs, or pain that radiates into your groin and lower abdomen.

How are kidney stones diagnosed and treated?

If you’re experiencing the symptoms associated with kidney stones, contact Dr. Kenneson and her team for immediate treatment.

During your appointment, Dr. Kenneson utilizes state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat your kidney stones. Tests to check for kidney stones include blood and urine testing, digital imaging, and lab analysis of passed kidney stones to determine their cause.

Some kidney stones can be treated by drinking water, pain relievers, and medications to help relax your ureter muscles. For larger or more painful stones, Dr. Kenneson and her team might recommend:

  • Lithotripsy: this treatment uses soundwaves to break up kidney stones so you can pass them easier
  • Scopes: a ureteroscope with a camera is inserted through your urethra and used to locate the stone, then a tool retrieves it or breaks it up
  • Minimally invasive surgery: the stone is removed using a camera and instruments through a small incision made in your back

To reduce your risk of developing more kidney stones in the future, Dr. Kenneson and her team might suggest drinking plenty of water and diet changes that reduce the oxalate-rich foods you eat, as well as salt and animal proteins.

Call Bluewater Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about kidney stone treatment.