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Kidney stones

Nephrolithiasis

If kidney stones are causing you pain and discomfort, we have the expertise, facilities and treatments to help

About

Kidney stones are stone-like lumps that form in the kidney. Sometimes, they can get stuck in the ureter (tube from the kidney to the bladder), causing severe pain in the lower back and occasional blood in urine. Most stones are small enough to pass naturally in your urine. Bigger stones may require treatment, which we can provide.

Kidney stones

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    Kidney stones are quite common, usually affecting people aged between 30 and 60. They tend to affect men more than women. Some of the symptoms and signs of kidney stones include: - Aching in your loin (flank). - Non-visible blood in your urine. - Infection in your urine. - Ureteric colic (severe pain as a stone passes down from your kidney to your bladder). Sometimes, a stone can get close to your bladder. If this happens, your symptoms may include: - A constant need to urinate. - Burning when you pass urine. - Pain at the tip of your penis or urethra (waterpipe). - Visible blood in your urine.
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    Your consultant will take your medical history and discuss your symptoms with you. They are likely to carry out a CT scan or a renal ultrasound scan may also ask you to carry out urine and bloods tests. If you are diagnosed with kidney stones, HCA Healthcare UK has the facilities and expertise to help.
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    We are experts in kidney care. Your consultant will discuss your treatment options, which may be: - Extracorpeal shock wave lithotripsy. This non-invasive treatment uses a high-intensity sound wave to break the stones up into smaller pieces, so you can pass them naturally. - Ureteroscopy. This minimally-invasive procedure uses a thin, semi-rigid telescope to find and break up kidney stones. - Ureterorenoscopy. This procedure uses a pencil-thin, flexible telescope to find and break up kidney stones. - Percutaneous surgery (PCNL). This involves removing larger stones by approaching them through the back, using an X-ray as a guide.
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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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