What are kidney stones and how are they formed?
More than 600,000 Americans each year suffer from kidney stones, a painful condition marked by a sudden sharp and severe pain in the back and/or abdomen. Kidneys perform the function of a filter in the body, dissolving chemicals through a filtration process and excreting waste in the form of urine. At times, certain chemicals can build up within the kidney, forming a stone.
How do I know if I have kidney stones?
What treatments are available for kidney stones?
What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL)?
How long does the ESWL procedure take to complete?
How do I know if I am a candidate for ESWL?