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Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones Centre of Excellence in Dubai

Kidney stones are hard crystals that can form in the kidney and can cause pain, infection, and injury if not treated.  Up to 10% of people can suffer from stones especially those with a family history,  take specific medications, or eat specific diets.

The Kidney Stone team at CMC Dubai combines a multidisciplinary approach to those suffering from kidney stones and provides an individualized evaluation, determination of cause, and review of treatment options.

Our team comprises experts in the field of Urology, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Dietary, and Radiology.  We will help you to choose the best surgical and medical options to treat your stone and determine a plan for prevention.

Medical Treatment

Management of kidney stones depends on the size and type.  During an acute attack, medical management can include hydration, pain control, and certain medical therapies.  Long term prevention is important as many stones can recur.  In these situations, the type of stone is analyzed and a 24 hour urine collection is checked to decide on what can be done.  A dietician will help guide your treatment with a specialized diet and an endocrinologist can help in cases where a secondary cause is suspected.

Surgical Management

In certain situations, surgery is indicated for the management of stones. This is especially important in those where the kidney stone has affected kidney function or if there is an infection. In these situations, our urologist will guide you through the appropriate therapies, which can include:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL): This procedure aims to break your stones into smaller fragments that you then pass in urine. It is a day case procedure so you would usually not need to stay in hospital overnight.
  • Ureteroscopy and laser treatment: This is an operation to fragment and remove even large stones from inside. It requires an anesthetic and it is a day case procedure so you would usually not need to stay in the hospital overnight. You may also have an internal ‘stent’ placed temporarily which is a thin plastic drainage tube.
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL): This is a bigger operation that involves removing large kidney stones through a puncture hole made in your back. You should expect to stay in hospital for two to three days and you will need an anesthetic.
  • Robotic surgery: This is offered for selective cases of kidney stones.

Please contact us at 800 262 392 for more information

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