About Urinary Stone Disease

If your urinary chemicals get out of balance, they can form into a group of crystals known as a “stone.” This stone can grow such that it blocks your urinary passage. Urinary stones may cause a deep, dull ache in your groin or back; a sharp pain in your abdomen or ribs; or no pain at all. 


Treatment depends on size, position, and number of stones. Most stones will pass naturally from your body with regular fluid intake. Other stones are treated with medical therapy. When all other methods have failed, surgery may be necessary, and can include such methods as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, and ureteroscopy.