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HealthInfo West Coast-Te Tai Poutini

You have a kidney stone, what will happen now?

If you have been diagnosed with a stone in your kidney or ureter (the tube draining urine from the kidney), your treatment will depend on the size of your stone.

If the stone is small, it will most likely pass out by itself. However, if it is large you may need surgery or another treatment to remove it. Generally, it is better if the stone passes on its own as this avoids the need for any surgery.

Treatments to help small stones pass

If you have a small stone, you doctor will advise you to drink a lot of water. As well, they may prescribe:

Treatment to remove larger stone

If you stones are larger, there are two ways they can be removed:

If the stone is larger, the doctor will refer you to the Urology Service at Grey Base Hospital. Based on the size of your stone, the Urology Service will organise your follow-up. If your own doctor has not seen you, then they will be sent a letter informing them of this.

If you get any severe pain that is not responding to the pain relief tablets or you have vomiting or a fever, return to your doctor, an after hours doctor, or the emergency department.

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed December 2016.

Page reference: 191882

Review key: HIKIS-19017