Leonard W. Liang, MD
Urinary stone disease is a condition in which mineral concretions form in the bladder or, more commonly, the kidneys. It's a condition that affects up to 12% of people during their lifetimes. Dr. Liang is a top urologist serving the Greater Los Angeles area, with expertise in treating urinary stones and diagnosing their cause so they can be prevented.
Urinary Stone Disease FAQ
With bladder stones, there may be no symptoms unless the stone interferes with the flow of urine or irritates the walls of the bladder. Depending on whether you have a kidney stone or bladder stone, your symptoms can include:
Fever if an infection is present
Some kidney stones may be successfully treated with medication to help them pass through the urinary tract, in addition to pain medication and drinking plenty of water.
Large stones or small stones that are symptomatic can be broken up into smaller fragments using sound waves or they can be surgically removed using a special scope inserted through your urethra or special instruments inserted through a tiny incision in your back.
Bladder stones may also be broken apart with lasers, ultrasound or instruments, or they may be surgically removed.
Both kidney stones and bladder stones can be prevented or their frequency can be reduced by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. Dr. Liang can advise how much water you should be drinking to help avoid development of stones. Getting early medical evaluation of symptoms that affect your normal pattern of urination is also important for diagnosing underlying causes such as enlarged prostate.