What is a kidney stone? A kidney stone is a large crystal that is in the urine. They happen because people are not drinking enough water to flush things out; therefore dehydration is the common underlying problem. Symptoms of kidney stones include pain in your side, back or groin area, abnormal urine color, and blood in the urine. Sometimes kidney stones are able to pass on their own, while other times further treatment may be necessary.
Eugene L. Park, MD is a board certified adult urologist specializing in kidney stones, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infections. Dr. Park is a certified DaVinci surgery proctor, and has mentored surgeons across the country. He has performed hundreds of robotic prostatectomy, nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, cystectomy and adrenal surgeries. He is an innovator and leader with new technology such as fluorescent laser imaging with robotic surgery. His minimally invasive surgery research has been presented at regional, national and international scientific meetings. He gladly serves the greater Richmond area, and is accepting new patients.
Jessica Noll: I'm Jessica Noll. I'm with Dr. Eugene Park. He’s an urologist with Urology Specialists of Virginia. We’re talking about something that affects men and women; kidney stones.
Jessica Noll: Dr. Park, what are they and how do they form?
Dr. Eugene Park: Kidney stones are basically large crystals in the urine
Jessica Noll: Why are kidney stones happening?
Dr. Eugene Park: The bottom line is that people aren’t drinking enough water to flush things out, to keep things from crystallizing out, so dehydration is the common underlying problem for forming kidney stones. If the kidney stones are small enough, we hope that they can pass on their own. That means just drinking lots of water and pain medication to help control the symptoms and hopefully they pass out the urinary tract without needing any intervention. Sometimes kidney stones can be big enough or problematic enough they won’t pass on their own and then we talk about different treatment options.
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