Kidney Stones

As the name implies, stones are hard rocklike lumps that form in the kidneys. They may be small, like grains of sand, or large, like pebbles. Larger stones are often very painful, whether in the kidney or farther down the urinary tract.

Sometimes they can be passed as the person urinates. If that appears likely, medication eases the pain during the process. In other instances, the stones simply don't move along or are too big to pass. Treatment options include a soundwave therapy called shockwave lithotripsy to break up the stone from outside the body, and surgery.

"If I have a stone attack, and by the way I've had lots of them, Dr. Cambio selects the treatment that's right for the situation. Whether it's waiting and drinking a lot of water to help it pass, or having surgery right away if it's a big one, his advice and care have been right on the button."
--Edward G. Coletti, North Providence

"This was my second 'blast' procedure for a kidney stone so I was confident in visiting Dr. Cambio's team. They're always on time, polite and professional when I see them for checkups and they gave me clear instructions about what to do (and not do) in advance. I knew exactly what to expect, and thanks to the anesthesia I was asleep throughout the procedure so I didn't feel a thing."
--Joseph Gallucci, Warwick

The surgeons at Urologic Specialists of New England have decades of combined experience in evaluating and treating stones. When required, both lithotripsy and surgery can often be done in the comfort and privacy of our Operating Suite.

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