Kidney Stone Treatment in Dallas TX
Over 25 Years of Experience Providing Expert Care for Patients with Kidney Stones
Looking for a trusted kidney stone treatment provider in Dallas TX? Look no further than Mitch Moskowitz, MD, an experienced urologist and kidney stone specialist with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Moskowitz is committed to providing expert care to patients suffering from kidney stones, which affect over 500,000 people in the United States each year. If left untreated, kidney stones can cause excruciating pain and severe urinary problems, including urinary blockage.
Dr. Moskowitz offers advanced minimally invasive procedures to help patients recover quickly from the pain and discomfort of kidney stones. These procedures are designed to be safe and effective, ensuring that patients receive the best possible care. With a focus on patient comfort and satisfaction, Dr. Moskowitz works closely with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs.
If you’re in the Dallas or Plano area and in need of kidney stone treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Moskowitz today. With his expertise and commitment to patient care, he can help you get the relief you need and get back to feeling like yourself again.
What are Kidney Stones?
When high levels of minerals and salt exist in the kidneys, they can form a clump of matter known as a kidney stone. These stones may stay inside of the kidney, where they will not cause any further harm.
The real problem begins when these kidney stones enter the ureter and block urine from traveling through the ureter to the bladder. This blockage caused by the kidney stone becomes very painful, and can require surgery if they do not pass on their own.
What are the Symptoms of Kidney Stones?
Other than pain, patients with kidney stones often experience other symptoms such as:
- Persistent need to urinate
- Cloudy or discolored urine, usually pink, red, or brown in color
- Foul-smelling urine
- Frequent urination
- Fever or chills, typically occurs when there is an infection present
- Pain radiating from the lower abdomen and groin, or in the back below the ribs
- Nausea and vomiting
- Painful urination
How are Kidney Stones Diagnosed?
In order for your Dr. Moskowitz to determine whether or not you have a kidney stone, you may have diagnostic tests and procedures, such as:
- Blood testing- Blood test results help monitor the health of your kidneys and may lead your doctor to check for other medical conditions such as too much calcium or uric acid in your blood.
- Urine testing- To determine whether you’re excreting too many stone-forming minerals or too few stone-preventing substances, your doctor may request that you perform two urine collections over two consecutive days.
- Imaging- Imaging tests show doctors where kidney stones are currently inside your urinary tract. Dr. Moskowitz may also use high-speed or dual energy computerized tomography (CT) to reveal even tiny stones.
- Ultrasound- a noninvasive test that is quick and simply to perform in the comfort of Dr. Moskowitz’s office.
- Analysis of passed stones- This test requires you to urinate through a strainer to catch any kidney stones that you pass. Later on, lab analysis will reveal the makeup of your kidney stones. After the analysis is complete, your doctor uses this information to determine the cause of your kidney stones to prevent it from happening again.
What are the Different Types of Kidney Stones?
Not all kidney stones are the same. The exact type of kidney stone will determine the course of action used to treat the patient’s kidney stones. These types of kidney stones include:
- Calcium stones (most common)
- Uric acid stones
- Struvite stones
- Cystine stones
How are Kidney Stones Treated?
As previously mentioned, the method of treatment will depend on the particular type of kidney stone that has developed, but many of these stones are treated in similar ways. Dr. Moskowitz designs a treatment strategy according to the symptoms you’re having, the perceived size of the stone, and its location.
For smaller stones, which are more often, Dr. Moskowitz may prescribe drinking large quantities of water to flush the stone. He may prescribe medication to relieve your pain and a drug to relax the muscles surrounding your ureter to make it easier for the stone to pass which can take about four to six weeks. This duration may seem like a long amount of time, but it is safe to continue trying to pass a kidney stone on your own so long as the pain is manageable and there are no present signs of an infection. If you suspect that there may be an infection spreading within your kidney or ureter, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Some medications have been shown to help increase the body’s ability to pass kidney stones. Such medications work by relaxing the ureter, which provides the kidney stone with ample room to make its way to the bladder, where it will finally exit the body through urination. Prescription strength painkillers may also be necessary depending on each individual case.
If the pain becomes too great, or if the ureter becomes completely blocked and begins to affect kidney function, surgery may be necessary. Modern technology allows for this surgery to be minimally invasive with minor recovery time. At our Plano Office, Dr. Moskowitz uses minimally invasive procedures to relieve your kidney stone symptoms. Options can include:
- Ureteroscopy (URS)
- Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL)
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
Dr. Moskowitz’s Accolades & Memberships
- American Association of Clinical Urology
- American College of Surgeons
- American Urological Association
- Dallas County Medical Society
- D Magazine Best Doctors Hall of Fame 15+ Years
- Texas Medical Association
- Texas Urologic Society
Schedule Your Kidney Stones Appointment in Dallas or Plano, TX
For over 25 years, patients in Dallas TX have trusted Mitch Moskowitz, MD for expert care and treatment of kidney stones. Kidney stones affect more than 500,000 people in the United States every year, causing severe pain and urinary blockage if left untreated. Dr. Moskowitz, a skilled urologist and kidney stone specialist, offers advanced minimally invasive procedures to help patients recover quickly and get back to their normal lives. Whether you’re located in Dallas or Plano, schedule an appointment today and experience the relief that comes with expert care.