Kidney stones or ureteral stones (uroliths) are slightly less common in women than in men, but unfortunately just as painful. We are offering you a comprehensive treatment with state-of-the-art techniques for stone removal. An individual assessment of your risk profile and tailor-made recommendations for prevention are a matter of course at alta uro.

What causes urinary stones?

Urinary stones are caused by an imbalance of metabolites or metabolic waste products in the urine. This imbalance causes substances usually dissolved in urine to form crystals from which stones may form. The most important risk factor for urinary stones is not drinking enough.

What symptoms occur if you have urinary stones?

Quite often, a stone in the kidney causes no problems. However, if the stone moves into the renal pelvis or the ureter, it will cause strong, intermittent pains, a so-called colic. Often the pain will be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or a strong urge to urinate.

What diagnostic procedures for urinary stones does alta uro offer?

In order to find out whether there is a kidney or ureteral stone, a computer tomography is carried out in addition to a urine test and an ultrasound scan. This allows to determine the number, size, and position of the stones and, thus, to draw up a tailor-made treatment plan. After their removal, the stones are examined as to their composition. For patients with an increased risk profile, a special metabolic examination is performed as well. On the basis of this examination, we create an individual concept for our stone patients so they can avoid new stones being formed.

What treatments and therapies for urinary stones does alta uro offer?

Alta uro offers a wide range of treatments for kidney stones and ureteral stones. If the stones are quite small, it is highly probable that they will be flushed out without any help. That’s why waiting is possible in certain situations. If however the stones are in the ureter, a ureteroscopy (a so-called ureterorenoscopy, URS) is performed under anaesthetic and the stone removed with the help of miniature instruments. In the case of kidney stones, depending on their size and location, we shall perform a ureteroscopy using flexible instruments (so-called flexible URS). In the case of large kidney stones, an endoscopic removal from the outside, through the skin, a so-called PCNL (percutaneous nephrolithotomy) may be necessary.