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Prevention of Kidney Stones

Genetics, diet, fluid intake, work environment and even geographic locations are all potential factors that may influence the formation of stones. Patients who are involved in stone prevention have fewer visits to emergency rooms and hospitals, fewer treatments and procedures to remove stones, and spend less time away from work.

If you have had more than one kidney stone, you are likely to form another; so prevention is extremely important.  To prevent stones from forming, we must determine the cause. This is commonly done by stone analysis, blood and urine tests, and 24-hour urine collections. Other causative factors will also be investigated including medical history, medications, occupation, and dietary habits.

Based on these results, lifestyle changes, dietary changes and possible medical therapy may be recommended for the prevention of future stones.