If you’re having serious lower abdominal pain or see blood in your urine, you might have a kidney stone stuck in your ureter. At least a million Americans develop kidney stones every year, so you’re definitely not alone. But, to pass the stone successfully and safely, you need help from Mohammed Haseebuddin, MD, aka Dr. Haseeb, an experienced board-certified urologist. At the two locations of Family Urology Associates in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland, Dr. Haseeb offers multiple non-surgical and surgical solutions for even the most stubborn of kidney stones. Call either office or use the online scheduling tool to learn more.
A kidney stone is a small hard calcification that grows inside your kidneys. The smallest kidney stones are too little to see, while the very largest can be baseball-sized.
Kidney stones contain wastes from your urine. When the waste level is too high, and the water level is too low, substances like calcium, struvite, uric acid, and cystine form crystals. The crystals can stick together and create kidney stones.
Many kidney stones leave your body when you urinate without you ever feeling it. But, bigger kidney stones can get stuck in your kidneys, urethra, ureters, or bladder and cause symptoms such as:
If you develop these symptoms, call Family Urology Associates as soon as possible. Dr. Haseeb can perform diagnostic testing, like X-rays or computerized tomography (CT) scans, to identify the exact location and number of kidney stones so he can plan the ideal treatment for you.
At Family Urology Associates, Dr. Haseeb offers multiple kidney stone treatment options because kidney stones can vary so much from one patient to another. Some of the different options include:
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWL) is an outpatient procedure in which Dr. Haseeb uses a lithotripter device to send ultrasound shockwaves through your skin and right into your kidney stone.
The shockwaves break the kidney stone into tiny particles that you can then pass through normal urination.
This is a non-invasive way of treating your kidney stones where body cavity is not entered with a scope.
In ureteroscopy, Dr. Haseeb inserts a ureteroscope, a very thin tube, through your urethra and into your kidney. He captures the kidney stone with a basket, if possible. If the kidney stone is quite large, Dr. Haseeb may use a laser to break it up before extracting the fragments with the basket.
If your kidney stone is too big for extracorporeal shockwave therapy or ureteroscopy, usually those that are 2cm or larger, Dr. Haseeb may recommend endoscopic percutaneous nephrolithotomy. In this procedure, he creates a tiny incision in your back and then removes the kidney stone through that hole.
Where indicated, usually for complex cases, Dr. Haseeb can also perform robotic or laparoscopic kidney stone removal.
Get kidney stone solutions now. Call the Family Urology Associates office or book an appointment with online scheduling anytime.