Urinary Stones

Do you suffer from kidney or ureteral stones? We offer a comprehensive treatment with state-of-the-art techniques for stone removal. An individual assessment of your risk profile as well as tailor-made recommendations for prevention are a standard at alta uro.

How do urinary stones develop?

Kidney stones are caused by an imbalance of metabolic products in the urine. This imbalance leads to the formation of crystals in the urine, which can further lead to the formation of stones. There are different types of urinary stones, which are composed of different substances. The most important risk factor for urinary stones is insufficient fluid intake.

What symptoms do urinary stones cause?

A stone located in the kidney often causes no symptoms at the beginning. However, if the stone wanders into the renal pelvis or the ureter, it can cause severe, wave-like pains, called colic. Often nausea, vomiting or a strong urinary urge comes with the pain.

What investigations for urinary stones does alta uro offer?

In addition to a urinalysis and ultrasound, a computed tomography of the abdomen usually is performed. The number, size and location of the stones can be determined, and thus a tailor-made treatment plan can be developed. After removal, the stones are examined for their exact composition. The knowledge of the stone composition is of great importance to prevent new stone formation. Patients with a high-risk profile will undergo a special metabolic investigation. On the basis of this investigation, we create an individual concept for our stone patients to avoid the formation of new stones.


What treatment for urinary stones does alta uro offer?

Alta uro offers a wide range of treatments for kidney and ureteral stones. Very small stones are likely to be washed out by themselves. Therefore, conservative management is possible in certain situations. In case of ureteric stones, a ureteroscopy (URS) is performed under anaesthesia, and the stone is removed with the help of very small instruments. Depending on size and position, we perform an endoscopy on the kidney stones using flexible instruments (so-called flexible URS). For large stones, endoscopic stone removal may be required via a small external access to the kidney.