People who have had kidney stones will tell you that it’s one of the most painful conditions they have ever experienced. Kidney stones are calcifications that form in the kidneys. These stones can travel down the tubes that drain the kidneys, called the ureters. Larger stones can exceed the thickness of the ureter and cause extreme pain as they squeeze their way down the tubes. Nearly 10% of the U.S. population will develop kidney stones in their lifetime. Kidney stones are also called nephrolithiasis or renal calculi. The providers at Wisconsin Institute of Urology offer the most advanced treatment options to treat kidney stones, including extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), ureteroscopy, and percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL).
UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)
UTIs are quite common and tend to occur more often in women than men. Infection can occur in any part of the urinary system – bladder, kidneys, ureters and urethra. Most infections involve the bladder and urethra. A bladder infection can be painful and annoying, but a UTI that spreads to your kidneys can cause serious health problems. Common symptoms may include:
- Strong, persistent urge to urinate
- Burning sensation during urination
- Cloudy-looking urine
- Red, bright pink, or cola-colored urine
- Pelvic or back pain
The usual course of treatment includes antibiotics to help the immune system kill the bacteria, as well as increased fluid intake to flush the kidneys and bladder.
If you have questions or concerns about kidney stones or UTIs, please contact us at 920-722-7747 or toll-free at 877-897-7747, or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from Appleton, Neenah, Oshkosh, Waupaca, Shawano, New London, Ripon, Fond du Lac and surrounding areas.