What to do about urinary stones?

Dear Patient,

Urinary stones are a common disease increasing in the U.A.E. as well as worldwide. Increasing body weight and change of lifestyle are thought to be the reasons for this. Every tenth person will have a stone at least once in his/her lifetime.

Urinary stones can occur in the whole of the urinary tract. Depending on where they are situated, they are called kidney stones, ureteric stones or bladder stones.

Bladder stones occur mostly when the bladder cannot be emptied regularly. This could for example happen with an enlarged prostate. Kidney and ureter stones occur mostly because of non-optimal diet or metabolic disorders. They are the subject of this brochure which will inform you about possible treatment options and prophylactic measures.

The therapy of kidney and ureter stones to date is in almost all cases minimally invasive, that means without any open surgery. The options range from a stone fragmentation from outside to endoscopic, or so call “keyhole” operations.

A stone is only a symptom of stone disease. You yourself can reduce the risk of stone formation. Depending on the composition of your stone, various prophylactic measures can be used.

We hope to provide you with a practical guide through this brochure.

Dr. Noor N.-P. Buchholz
MBBS, MD, FSSU, FKNMG, MFMLM