Whilst many of us will suffer from reno ureteral stones at some stage of our lives, the majority of us should find that the stones are small enough that they pass quickly. But even small stones can cause pain and discomfort, so we’ve put together a list of ways for you to manage your reno ureteral stones:
If you experience a lot of pain as a result of your reno ureteral stones, your GP may provide you with an injection to help with pain relief. Medication can also be injected if you are suffering from associated symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. Your GP may also provide you with a prescription for painkillers so that you can continue to manage the pain from home.
In some cases, your GP will advise you to wait until your reno ureteral stones pass when you go to the toilet. They may also recommend that you collect the stones from your urine and give it to the GP so that it can be analysed. This helps to determine whether you will need further treatment or not. You can collect the stones by filtering your urine through gauze or a stocking.
If you have a reno ureteral stone which becomes stuck in the ureter, you may need to have a ureteroscopy. This procedure involves threading a long, thin telescope through your urethra (which is the tube urine passes when you urinate) and into your bladder. The telescope (known as a ureteroscope) is then passed into your ureter where the stone is stuck. Your surgeon may then try to either gently remove the stone with a larger surgical instrument, or they may use laser energy to break the stone into smaller pieces, making it easier for you to pass naturally. You will usually find that a ureteroscopy can be carried out under general anaesthetic, so you won’t be able to drive or operate machinery for up to 48 hours after the procedure.
4. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
ESWL is usually the most common treatment for reno ureteral stones that are too large to be passed naturally when you urinate. This procedure uses ultrasound waves to pinpoint where the stone is positions. Shockwaves are then used to break the stone into smaller pieces to make it easier for you to pass the stone in your urine. You may find that ESWL can be an uncomfortable treatment method and so it is usually only used after pain medication has been administered. If your reno ureteral stone is overly large you may need more than one session of ESWL to remove the stone.
We are proud to have one of the best hospitals in Marbella and have amazing clinical staff who can assist and advise you on the best form of treatment for your reno ureteral stones.