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Kidney Stones

Why choose HackensackUMC Kidney Stone Center?

If you are experiencing the pain and discomfort of kidney stone disease, you can trust Hackensack University Medical Center’s urology experts to use their experience—combined with the latest technology and treatments—to help eliminate your existing kidney stones and keep them from returning.

Our Kidney Stone Center urologists perform hundreds of kidney stone procedures each year, providing expert treatment of both large and small kidney stones and complex kidney stone disease. Additionally, we take treatment a step further by counseling patients about dietary changes, medications and surgical procedures that can prevent future problems.

Leading Treatment Center

HackensackUMC is the leading kidney stone treatment center in New Jersey, offering advanced robotic and laparoscopic procedures.

HackensackUMC Kidney Stones Center

Kidney Stone Symptoms and Causes

A kidney stone is a very common urological condition that affects 10 - 20 percent of Americans. If you’ve already had a kidney stone, you are at an increased risk of developing another within 5-10 years.

Although some kidney stones can be passed through the urinary tract with little discomfort, most stones cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain in the side or groin
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Blood in the urine

There are different types of kidney stones, each with its own distinct cause. The five main types of kidney stones include:

  • Calcium oxalate stones, which are the most common and are linked with foods high in oxalate, such as beets, nuts, potatoes, spinach, beans and soy.
  • Calcium phosphate stones, which develop when your urinary system does not function properly.
  • Struvite stones, which are more common in women and (delete) are caused by certain types of urinary tract infections.
  • Uric acid stones, which are more common in men and tend to occur in people who have diets high in animal protein, who don’t drink enough water and who have gout.
  • Cystine stones, which are caused by Cystinuria, a hereditary genetic disorder.

By identifying the type of kidney stone you have, your doctor will be able to recommend appropriate treatment and help prevent the condition from returning in the future.

Recurrence Prevention

Our urologists do not just diagnose and treat kidney stones, they identify the cause of the problem and help patients prevent recurrences. Our surgeons have published and presented over 50 papers on the management of kidney stones with some of the best outcomes world-wide.

Kidney Stone Prevention

Our urologists understand that without preventive treatment patients who have already had a kidney stone are more likely to develop another. In fact, more than 50% of people who form one stone will form a second, third or more at one point. That’s why we go beyond simply treating your kidney stone by helping you prevent future occurrences. Working closely with HackensackUMC nephrologists we provide you with the latest information and guidance on stone prevention.

In patients who have had 2 or more stones, we generally recommend a complete metabolic evaluation to evaluate for which risk factors are causing the stones. The majority of the time, the most effective prevention is straightforward dietary changes. Sometimes we supplement with specific minerals and electrolytes that prevent stone formation. If those don’t work, we can then move to specific medications.

Some common prevention strategies include:

  • Drinking lots of water
  • Eating less animal protein
  • Limiting your salt intake
  • Increasing calcium in your diet
  • Eating fewer high-oxalate foods, such as beets, nuts, potatoes, soy products and spinach

Conditions We Treat

Our urologists will conduct a thorough exam using the latest tools and techniques to diagnose your condition. Your exam may include blood tests, urine tests and imaging studies, such as an ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan or MRI.

After our specialists determine the exact type and location of your kidney stone, we will develop a customized treatment plan to help relieve your discomfort and prevent future recurrences. To treat existing kidney stones, our urologist may recommend a number of approaches, including:

Medication to help you pass the stone or prevent it from growing.

Ureteroscopy, which is a common procedure used to break up the stone and remove the fragments through the urethral opening.

Shockwave lithotripsy, which uses sound waves and X-rays to locate and break up stones into small pieces that can be passed in urine.

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, which is a surgical procedure used to treat large or hard-to-reach stones.

Robotic-assisted kidney stone removal, which is a minimally invasive procedure performed using the da Vinci Surgical System®.



Physicians in this Specialty

KEVIN BASRALIAN, M.D.


ROBERT CARUSO, M.D.


THOMAS CHRISTIANO, M.D.


MICHAEL DEGEN, M.D.


MICHAEL ESPOSITO, M.D.


DEBRA FROMER, M.D.


RICHARD GARDEN, M.D.


GLENN GYMREK, M.D.


MARTIN GOLDSTEIN, M.D.


MICHELLE KIM, M.D.


VINCENT LANTERI, M.D.


STEVE LEBOVITCH, M.D.


GREGORY LOVALLO, M.D.


VENKATA MARELLA, M.D.


RAVI MUNVER, M.D.


SERGEY ROME, M.D.


JAY ROSEN, M.D.


MATTHEW SHAHBANDI, M.D.


RICHARD WATSON, M.D.


CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT, M.D.




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Call 551-996-8090

 


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