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    How can kidney stones be treated?

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    Dr Tony Gianduzzo is a leader in development and delivery of urological services, and has now introduced Robotic-assisted Transperineal Prostatic Biopsy to the state. His … View Profile

    It depends. Things urologists look at when giving advice include whether a stone is causing symptoms, how big it is, where it is, and how long it has been there. Complicating factors such as infection can greatly influence matters.

    Options include observation, endoscopic laser surgery and external shockwave lithotripsy. Open surgery is uncommon these days.  One less common type of stone can be dissolved.

    Stone prevention is essentially about maintaining good hydration. Oddly enough, avoiding calcium in the diet can cause stones. General dietary advice is to avoid a high protein, high salt diet.

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