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Kidney Stones

Kidney stones, or hard deposits that form from minerals and salts inside your kidneys, are common and on the rise: Approximately 11% of men and 6% of women in the United States experience kidney stones at some point during their lives. Although passing a larger kidney stone can be quite painful, they don’t usually cause lasting damage with proper treatment. From his innovative practice in Arcadia, California, board-certified urologist Dr. Alan Yamada provides comprehensive care for patients with kidney stones. If you’re in the San GabrielValley or surrounding Los Angeles County area, call Foothill Urogenital Health to request your appointment today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your urine contains a wide variety of dissolved minerals and salts. When you have high levels of these substances in your urine, they can form into hard deposits, or stones.

As their name implies, kidney stones are made by your kidneys. They start off very small, but can grow larger over time. Although kidney stones may stay in your kidneys and go undetected for years, some stones travel down the ureter, or the tubes that connect each of your kidneys with your bladder.

Stones that reach your bladder may be passed through your urine, while stones that become lodged in your ureter can block the flow of urine and cause a great amount of discomfort.

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