The Doctors: Laser Kidney Stone Procedure
Kidney stones are extremely painful, and have often been compared to childbirth. Over a million cases of kidney stones are diagnosed each year, and there have been many recent advancements in the ways that they’re removed from the body. The Doctors spoke with Melissa and her doctor, urologist Dr. David Josephson, to learn more about a new laser kidney stone procedure.
Melissa has had kidney stones before, and she explained that the pain begins in her back. Eventually she becomes nauseous and is unable to find a comfortable position. That’s when it’s time for the stones to be removed. In the past, removing kidney stones used to require open surgery. Now, doctors use wires with cameras and lasers to remove the stone.
We headed into the OR with Melissa and Dr. Josephson to see exactly how a laser kidney stone procedure goes down. The laser was used to fragment Melissa’s stone into tiny pieces so that it could be easily removed. Check out this new procedure in the video below.
The Drs: Preventing Kidney Stones
Just days after Melissa’s procedure, Melissa and Dr. Josephson joined Dr. Travis Stork to discuss more on why kidney stones occur. Kidneys process urine, so if there’s an abnormality in the kidney, a stone will form and get stuck in a “funnel,” causing pressure, pain, nausea and vomiting. Not drinking enough fluids, taking certain medications and abnormal thyroid glands are just some of the reasons why a kidney stone may occur.
How can we prevent kidney stones? “Hydration, hydration, hydration,” Dr. Josephson emphasized. Low sodium, low protein diets can also help if you are predisposed to kidney stones. However, most kidney stones will eventually pass on their own.