Kidney Stones


Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

November 25, 2022


Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is a minimally invasive technique for removing kidney stones that are too large to deal with from below....
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Minimally invasive

The beauty of this procedure to treat kidney stones is that it is minimally invasive, and recovery is usually very rapid....
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Ureteroscopy can be performed to treat stones in the ureter (the drainpipe of the kidney), or in the kidney itself. Usually, rigid ureteroscopy is only performed for stones in the ureter. The main reason for this procedure is to remove a stone that continues to cause pa...
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Prevention of Kidney Stones

November 24, 2022

No magic cure

A natural question for anyone who has had a kidney stone is “What can I do to prevent getting another one?” Unfortunately for most people however, there is no magic cure....
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Kidney Stones

November 24, 2022

A common problem in NZ

Kidney stones can cause a variety of problems. Most commonly, they pass from the kidney into the ureter (the small tube carrying urine from the kidney to the bladder), cause blockage, and cause severe pain (renal colic). Many ureteric stones will pass without interventi...
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November 17, 2022

Blood in the urine

Haematuria is the presence of blood in the urine. This can be macroscopic (it is visible), or microscopic (can only be detected by a microscope). It can be associated with symptoms, which usually means it is due to an infection, or it can be painless.All painless haematuria,...
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Kidney Stone Pain

November 15, 2022

Acute kidney stone pain (Renal Colic)

Kidney stone pain (renal colic) causes severe flank pain which can radiate into the groin. While many people will have to go to the Emergency Department for treatment, a proportion of people can be managed in the community.Your GP can order a CT scan, the best test to diagno...
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