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Kidney Stones Specialist

Venkata K. Marella, MD -  - Urologist

Venkata K. Marella, MD

Urologist & Robotic Surgery Specialist located in Clifton, NJ & Wayne, NJ

About 11% of men and 6% of women in the United States will have kidney stones at least once during their life. Venkata Marella, MD, routinely treats patients with kidney stones using state-of-the-art surgical methods at his offices in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey. After a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Marella can offer treatment options like laser lithotripsy or shock wave lithotripsy. To learn more kidney stones, call the office, or book an appointment online today.

Kidney Stones Q & A

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are hard blocks of minerals and salts that develop inside your kidneys. These hard deposits can lead to a host of urinary problems and can significantly inconvenience you or even prove debilitating and painful.

If kidney stones are dealt with promptly, you can prevent permanent or long-lasting damage. The severity of your case will determine how Dr. Marella deals with your treatment.

What are the common symptoms of kidney stones?

Early on, a kidney stone might not cause symptoms. However, once it moves around within your kidney or passes into your ureter, the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder, a kidney stone can cause severe symptoms like:

  • Severe pain in your side and back
  • Spreading pain to your lower abdomen and groin
  • Painful urination
  • Pink, red, or brown urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Bad smelling urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Fever and chills
  • Weak urine stream

If you’re experiencing kidney stones symptoms that won’t go away, make sure to see Dr. Marella right away.

What causes kidney stones?

There typically isn’t an exact cause of kidney stones. However, when Dr. Marella identifies the type of kidney stone you have, he will be able to pinpoint a cause. For example, many kidney stones are calcium stones, meaning they’re caused by having more calcium oxalate in your urine than the fluid can dilute.

There are risk factors that can increase the likelihood you’ll develop kidney stones, including: 

  • Family history
  • Dehydration
  • Poor nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Digestive diseases

How do you treat kidney stones?

First, getting an accurate diagnosis is crucial. Dr. Marella will discuss your symptoms with you, review your medical history, and do a thorough physical exam. He’ll likely recommend blood testing, urine testing, and imaging tests to more precisely diagnose you.

For less severe kidney stones cases, all you need is a combination of pain relievers and prescribed medication. In addition to medical therapy, drinking lots of water to flush out your urinary system will also help you treat your kidney stones.

In serious cases, Dr. Marella offers more involved procedures to treat your kidney stones. These treatments may include laser lithotripsy and shock wave lithotripsy.

In shock wave lithotripsy, Dr. Marella uses sound waves to create strong vibrations that break the stones into tiny pieces. This option allows stones to pass in your urine. Laser lithotripsy accomplishes the same goal but uses innovative laser technology rather than sound waves.

To better understand the treatment of kidney stones, call the office or book a consultation with Dr. Marella online today.

We have offices conveniently located in Wayne, New Jersey and Clifton, New Jersey.