Kidney Stone Treatments: Observation
If you suspect you have stones, visit your primary care provider or urologist.
If you've been diagnosed with stones and would like to be seen in the Metabolic Stone Clinic, please call (608) 263-4757.
- The patient's symptoms
- The size and location of the stone
- The patient's medical history, including whether the existence of any anatomic abnormalities or diseases
- Drinking lots of fluids (100 ounces per day or more) to pass the kidney stone. The patient will be advised to strain his or her urine in order to catch the stone once it passes. The stone can then be submitted for chemical analysis, determination of which will guide subsequent medical management of that person's future stone risk.
- Medications are sometimes prescribed to help patients tolerate the pain that may be associated with stone passage.
- Exercise, particularly swimming but all types of physical movement, may be helpful in the passage of a kidney stone.