How are kidney stones treated?

Treating Kidney Stones

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually used to treat and alleviate the pain, and in cases of severe pain, tramadol may be used. In the case of infection, antibiotics may be used.

The size and positioning of the stones which may be verified via an echo. When the stones are deposited in the calyx of the kidney, ureter or the bladder, and have a small diameter, the patient is recommended liquids, physical activity, tepid water bath, in the hopes of excreting the stones while urinating.

Otherwise, if the stone is found in other positions and is too large, and has been resting in that area for a significant amount of time which stands to cause damage to the kidney, lithotripsy (melting the stones) or surgery is employed.

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 23 Jan 2018
Medical Author: Dr. med. Diana Hysi