Flomax helps the body to pass kidney stones, according to WebMD. The medication relaxes the muscles of the urinary tract to allow the stone to move for elimination through urination. While it is normally prescribed for treatment of an enlarged prostate, it is useful for both men and women with kidney stones.Continue Reading
The National Institutes of Health describe a kidney stone as solid materials forming in the kidney due to higher than normal concentrations of substances found in urine. Some stones remain in the kidney while others pass through the urinary tract. Small stones often pass through unnoticed. However, larger stones often get stuck, causing bleeding and pain.
Although stones form in all types of people, non-Hispanic whites are more likely to form stones than African-Americans or individuals of Hispanic descent, according to the NIH. In addition, stone formation is more common in men than in women. Stones are more common in people who are over their ideal weight. In the United States, 8.8 percent of the population experiences a kidney stone.
Kidney stones vary in size from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a golf ball. Larger stones often require use of shock wave lithotripsy. The procedure uses sound waves to break the large stone into smaller parts that the body eliminates through the urinary tract. The NIH recommends dietary changes to reduce the formation of more stones.Learn more about Medications & Vitamins
The right diet for a person with kidney stones depends on the type of stones present in the urinary tract, explains the National Kidney Foundation. Limiting foods with oxalates, purines or sodium may help prevent new stones from forming.Full Answer >
Physical symptoms of kidney stones include lower body pain, nausea and a frequent sensation of having to urinate, according to WebMD. People with kidney stones can also feel pain while urinating and experience fever and chills.Full Answer >
During a lithotripsy procedure, a machine sends high energy shockwaves through the body to break kidney stones into small pieces, according to MedlinePlus. The tiny stones then exit the body through the urine. A lithotripsy procedure takes around 45 to 60 minutes.Full Answer >
Laser surgery for kidney stones is a minimally invasive procedure that uses minuscule laser fibers to break stones into tiny pieces that drain effortlessly from the body through a temporary urinary stent, according to the Kidney Stone Clinic. The success rate of laser removal is 90 to 95 percent.Full Answer >