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What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are hard deposits of salt and minerals in the kidneys. These stones usually cause immense pain whenever they move or obstruct the urinary tract. Kidney stones differ in size. While some stones can be a few millimetres in size, others can grow to inches. Kidney stones are quite prevalent equally and affect both men and women. Kidney stones can be divided into four major types- Calcium stones, Uric Acid stones, Struvite stones and Cystine stones.

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Kidney stones diet to follow:

Excess water or fluid intake

Dairy products

Vegetables

Fruits

Causes

Lack of water

Being overweight

Chronic diarrhea

High blood sugar

High animal protein

Family history

Symptoms

Severe pain below the ribs, in the side and back

Pain while urinating

Pink, red or brown colored urine

Foul smelling urine

Urinating more than often

Fever and chills

Treatment

Removing the Kidney stones with a machine in chennai

Diagnosis

You should reach out to a specialist doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms of kidney stones.

The specialist doctor will discuss your medical history to get a better understanding of your condition. They may perform a physical examination and ask you to undergo some imaging tests for the proper diagnosis of the size and the location of the kidney stones.

In addition to imaging tests, your doctor may also conduct some blood and urine tests to get a detailed insight into the condition of your kidney stones.

And, before providing the treatment, your doctor will ask you a few questions about your diet and check for where you feel the bouts of pain the most.

Surgery

There are a number of techniques available for the treatment of kidney stones. The most modern and effective surgical treatments for kidney stones include laparoscopic treatment, laser treatment and shock wave lithotripsy.

In laparoscopic treatment for kidney stones, the surgeon makes a small incision in the renal pelvis or the ureter, depending upon the location of the kidney stone.The surgeon then inserts a small laparoscopic device into the urinary tract and looks for the kidney stones. The kidney stones are then removed through the incision and the incision is closed with minor stitches. It is a minimally invasive procedure and is performed under the administration of anesthesia, which means it is absolutely painless as well.

Laser treatment for kidney stones involves the use of laser energy for breaking the stones into small fragments. The surgeon inserts a device called an ureteroscope into the ureter through the urethra. Then the surgeon looks for the kidney stone and once it is found, high-intensity laser energy is aimed at the stone. The laser energy breaks the stones into small pieces, some of which are removed through a small bucket and the rest are flushed out through the urine.

In shock wave lithotripsy, the doctor uses thousands of shock wave pulses to break the larger stone into smaller pieces. After that, you will be asked to drink a lot of fluids so that the small stone pieces can travel easily through the urinary tract and then eventually get flushed out through the urine.

Why Pristyn Care ?

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

Assisted Surgery Experience

Assisted Surgery Experience

A dedicated Medical Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

Medical Expertise With Technology

Medical Expertise With Technology

Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

Post Surgery Care

Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I undergo advanced kidney stone surgeries in Chennai?

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Modern kidney stone surgeries (laparoscopic surgery, laser lithotripsy and SWL) are available at Pristyn Care. Pristyn Care is associated with the best urologists and hospitals in Chennai. You can easily undergo advanced kidney stone treatment at a nearby Pristyn Care-associated hospital. 

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Get Advanced Kidney Stone Treatment In Chennai

Kidney stones are one of the most common urological problems faced by people around the world. According to studies, kidney stones affect nearly 10 percent of the world’s population at some point in their life. The condition can cause intense pain and if treatment is delayed, serious problems can arise.

People in Chennai who are dealing with the symptoms of kidney stones can get in touch with a specialist at Pristyn Care. Pristyn Care is associated with the best urologists in Chennai and we offer advanced treatment procedures for kidney stones. We work in partnership with well-reputed hospitals in the city and we assure you a safe and effective treatment.

Benefits of choosing advanced surgical treatment for kidney stone removal:

The modern surgeries for kidney stones - laparoscopic surgery, SWL (shockwave lithotripsy), and laser lithotripsy have a very high success rate and are highly reliable. Choosing these surgeries for the permanent treatment of kidney stones offers the following benefits:

  • Minimally invasive surgery- does not require any major incisions or stitches
  • Painless surgery and minimal bleeding during the procedure
  • No long stays in the hospital required - Discharge on the same day for laser procedure and SWL, and one-day stay for laparoscopic surgery
  • No major lifestyle restrictions post surgery
  • Negligible risk of complications or side effects
  • Fast and complication-free recovery in just 5-6 days

What can happen if you delay kidney stone treatment?

Kidney stones may not appear to be very serious in the initial stages but if left untreated for a long time, the symptoms can aggravate and the following complications can also arise:

  • Frequent urinary tract infections due to build-up of the urine
  • Risk of infection spreading to the kidneys
  • Inflammation of the kidneys-Hydronephrosis
  • Risk of sepsis and other life-threatening conditions in severe cases
  • Chronic kidney disease and permanent damage to the kidneys

Therefore, it is advisable to get proper treatment of kidney stones as early as possible. This would not only help in reducing the complexity of the treatment, but also prevent any complications.

Why choose Pristyn Care for kidney stone treatment? 

Pristyn Care is one of the leading healthcare providers in the country. Our topmost priority is to ensure a seamless medical experience for all patients. 

At Pristyn Care, you can avail the following amazing benefits:

  • Free transportation facility for the patient and their attendant on the day of the kidney stone surgery at the hospital.
  • Detailed private consultations with the doctor without rushing into the surgery.
  • We offer our patients a discounted rate on diagnostics from our partner diagnostic centers.
  • Each patient gets a dedicated Care Buddy at the hospital to handle all the formalities and paperwork. 
  • Hassle-free admission at the hospital and the patient gets a single deluxe room.

Experienced and skilled doctors for kidney stone treatment in Chennai

We are honored to work with some of the most experienced and highly trained urologists and surgeons for kidney stone treatment in Chennai. The doctors have acquired all the necessary training and are recognized by reputed medical associations for their remarkable work in this field. Our specialists have a minimum of 5 years of experience in performing successful kidney stone surgeries. You can get a detailed private consultation with one of our kidney stone specialists in Chennai, near you by booking an online appointment. 

What is the estimated cost of kidney stone surgery in Chennai?

The estimated cost of a kidney stone surgery in Chennai can vary depending upon the following factors.

  • The surgeon and hospital you choose for kidney stone surgery
  • If the patient has any underlying medical condition
  • Type of kidney stone surgery opted for (open or advanced surgery)
  • Room charges and other service expenses at the hospital (if any)
  • Cost of anesthesia
  • Approval of insurance claims for the surgery

Based on these factors, the average cost of different types of kidney stone surgeries available at Pristyn Care are:

  • Laser lithotripsy/Ureteroscopy (URS)- INR 65,000- INR 75,000
  • Retrograde Intrarenal Surgery (RIRS)- INR 95,000- INR 1,05,000
  • Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL)- INR 65,000- INR 75,000
  • Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)- INR 65,000- INR 75,000

We try our best to make the treatment economically favorable for the patient. We help the patient in getting insurance claims approval and also offer them No Cost EMI. Thus, there is no major financial worry for the patient while receiving the kidney stone treatment from us in Chennai.

Different treatment options for kidney stones based on the size and location of the stone.

Kidney stones or renal calculi occur in different shapes or sizes depending on how long they are present in the body. Sometimes, these renal stones are minute and get flushed out through urine without medications or therapies. However, some stones can be stubborn and keep on accumulating over a period of time. Renal stones of such stubborn nature often obstruct ureteral passage or even form staghorn calculus. Some of the treatment options for kidney stones are as below-

Non-surgical methods - When the size of the stone is less than 5mm, urologists usually recommend non-surgical procedures for removing kidney stones. These may include home remedies, therapeutic medicines, medications such as pain-relievers, etc., that can help flush out kidney stones. The doctors usually recommend drinking excess water and staying hydrated to increase the fluid concentration in the urine. Several medications for kidney stones include -

  • Ibuprofen (Advil) for pain
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain
  • Naproxen sodium (Aleve) for pain
  • Allopurinol (Zyloprim) for uric acid stones
  • Thiazide diuretics to prevent calcium stones from forming
  • Phosphorus solutions to prevent calcium stones from forming
  • Sodium bicarbonate or sodium citrate to make the urine less acidic

In addition, the doctor may recommend some alpha-blockers such as tamsulosin (Flomax), dutasteride, etc., that can help the muscles in your ureter relax, making it easier for you to pass the stone quickly and with less pain.

Surgical methods - Surgical or less invasive procedures are regarded as the most effective way to treat large kidney stones. Doctors usually recommend surgical procedures for kidney stones if the size of the stones is greater than 5mm. There are 4 procedures to remove kidney stones -

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (URSL) - It is a non-invasive surgery that uses external shockwaves to break the stones into smaller pieces. The patient is administered spinal anesthesia to reduce the pain as the stones are flushed out of the body. ESWL is a conventional procedure that may require multiple sittings to break the stones completely.
  • Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy/Nephrolithotripsy (PCNL) - PCNL is an advanced procedure to treat kidney stones of size greater than 14mm. It is also known as tunnel surgery due to the nature of small incisions. It involves small incisions near the flank area while the patient is under general anesthesia. The surgeon then uses a nephroscope to locate and break the stones into smaller pieces. If the stone is removed in its intact state, it is called nephrolithotomy, and if the stone is broken into smaller fragments, it is termed as nephrolithotripsy.
  • Retrograde Intrarenal Surgery (RIRS) - RIRS is an advanced procedure to treat kidney stones with sizes between 8mm to 15mm. The patient is first administered with either spinal or general anesthesia for a painless procedure. The doctor then inserts a thin, flexible endoscope attached with a tiny laser on the other end. The stones are subsequently broken into smaller fragments and flushed out through urine. The surgeon may choose to insert DJ stents before RIRS treatment. Stents enlarge the passage of the urinary tract for smooth movement of stones. The stents are removed when the stones are thoroughly flushed out of the body.
  • Ureteroscopic lithotripsy (URSL) - Similar to RIRS, ureteroscopic lithotripsy also uses a thin ureteroscope that is attached to the camera and laser on the other end. URSL is also an effective surgical option for moderately sized kidney stones. The camera guides the surgeon inside the body to locate and break the stones. The urologists may insert ureteral stents to ease the movement of stones during the expulsion. The patient is administered with local or general anesthesia for a painless procedure.

What to expect after your kidney stones procedure?

The patient is usually under the effects of anesthesia after the surgery and may suffer from mild dizziness and discomfort in case of stent insertion. Patients who have undergone invasive surgery may feel slight numbness around the site of the incision. Doctors at Pristyn Care guide you through the recovery period and monitor your health regularly to ensure you are in the best of your health. You may experience the following after your kidney stone surgeries -

  • A small amount of bleeding in your urine for a few days to a few weeks after the surgery due to stent insertion.
  • Mild pain and nausea as the stones are expelled from the body after the treatment.
  • Some bruising on the back or side after your shock waves lithotripsy procedure.

Complications of untreated kidney stones

Kidney stone is a major condition that usually results in unbearable pain. However, people are at greater risk if they ignore the symptoms by prolonging the treatment. It can lead to several complications that can eventually become life-threatening-

  • Hydronephrosis - When the stone blocks the ureteral passage, it creates difficulty for the urine to completely drain out from the kidneys. This leads to the accumulation of urine in the kidneys, causing swelling of a kidney. Hydronephrosis can occur in one or both kidneys, depending on the size and number of stones.
  • Renal scarring - Urinary tract infection is a common bacterial illness that occurs due to prolonged kidney stones in the ureter. These stones can cause continuous scarring around the stone damaging the tissues and organs around the kidneys causing permanent renal failure.
  • Kidney failure - Prolonged kidney stones can cause loss of kidney functions which can result in the need to remove either of the kidneys (nephrectomy).

Advantages of choosing Pristyn Care for kidney stones surgery in Chennai.

Pristyn Care is a full-stack healthcare service provider associated with some of the best hospitals and clinics across the country. The aim is to ease the process of accessing advanced treatment and surgeries for every patient at minimal costs. Pristyn Care has some of the best urologists and kidney stone specialists with years of experience in PCNL, RIRS, URSL, and ESWL to ensure a very high success rate. Most kidney stones surgeries are daycare which do not involve any incision (except for PCNL, which involves minimal incision) and offer faster recovery. Some of the benefits of choosing Pristyn Care for kidney stones treatment are -

  • Highly experienced urologists- Our team of kidney stones surgeons are fully trained and certified to perform painless surgeries with a success rate of over 95%. Our urologists will discuss all the necessary information about kidney stones before the surgery. This allows our surgeons to offer comprehensive treatment and make our patients aware of the certain risks involved during the treatment.
  • Care Buddy- Pristyn Care has a unique concept of 'care buddy' who is present with the patient on the day of the surgery. This care buddy takes care of all the paperwork and various formalities from admission to the hospital till discharge.
  • Insurance approval- A dedicated team at Pristyn Care assists with the insurance approvals for kidney stones surgeries within 30 minutes. However, the insurance approval depends on the type of your insurance company and the terms and conditions set by them. Our team of experts will do their best to help you claims any benefits from the medical insurance.
  • Flexible payment options- Pristyn Care offers various modes of payments for kidney stones surgeries with no cost EMI. In addition, we accept credit cards and cash payments for the procedure.
  • Free pick-up and drop facility- Pristyn Care provides free cab services for pick-up and drop-off to each patient within the city on the day of kidney stones surgery.
  • Free follow-up consultation- A smooth and faster recovery is essential after the treatment. Pristyn Care provides free follow-up consultation and proper diet charts to all the patients who have undergone kidney stones surgery for a quick recovery process.
  • COVID-19 safe environment - During the COVID crisis, Pristyn Care ensures proper sanitization of all the OTs and clinics before each surgery to curb the spread of the COVID. It is our top priority to maintain excellent hygiene and social distancing while providing a seamless patient experience.

Booking an Appointment with the best urologist for kidney stones surgery

Pristyn Care has some of the best urologists with adequate training and years of experience in kidney stone surgeries. Our doctors and surgeons are upskilled in performing advanced treatment for the best results. You can book an appointment with the kidney stones doctors at Pristyn Care to get rid of excruciating kidney stones pain in the following ways:

  • You can fill out the patient form on our website www.pristyncare.com. A team of medical coordinators will reach out to you at the earliest to gather details from your end once the appointment form is submitted. The appointment will be subsequently fixed with the concerned urologist according to your schedule.
  • You can directly connect with our medical coordinators via the contact number on our website. A team of dedicated medical coordinators will gather inputs from your end and connect you with the kidney stones doctor near your area and book your appointment consecutively.
  • You can also book an appointment through our Pristyn Care app. Our medical coordinators will arrange an offline or online consultation with our kidney stones experts near your area at the earliest via video call. A nominal consultation fee will be charged.
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