Kidney Stones Specialist

Pacific Wellness of Ventura

Cedric Emery, MD

Medical Aesthetics Specialist & Medical Wellness located in Ventura, CA

You may not know you have a kidney stone until it starts moving around your urinary tract. At that point, a variety of symptoms may occur, including pain. Cedric Emery, MD, and the team of specialists staffing Pacific Wellness of Ventura's urology department take a minimally invasive approach to managing kidney stones through stone manipulation. If you’re experiencing symptoms common with kidney stones, call this Ventura, California practice or book an appointment online today.

Kidney Stones Q & A

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are hard mineral and salt deposits that form in your kidneys. These stones generally form when your urine is concentrated enough to allow the minerals to crystallize and create a stone.

Kidney stones aren’t necessarily harmful, especially if you seek treatment quickly after receiving a diagnosis or noticing the symptoms.

Types of kidney stones include:

  • Calcium stones
  • Uric acid stones
  • Struvite stones
  • Cystine stones

Calcium stones are the most common.

How do I know if I have kidney stones?

You may not know you have kidney stones until they move and cause one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your side back below the ribs
  • Pain that comes in waves
  • Frequent or persistent urination
  • Pain during urination
  • Blood-tinged urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever

How are kidney stones treated?

The urology specialists at Pacific Wellness of Ventura take a minimally invasive approach to treating kidney stones known as stone manipulation.

Dr. Emery treats kidney stones with extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), which uses shock waves to shatter your stone into dust. Once disintegrated, stones easily pass out of your body through your urine when you go to the bathroom.

To disintegrate large stones, Dr. Emery offers laser treatment with the Holmium laser.

If you require surgical intervention, Dr. Emery recommends a treatment plan that best suits your needs. He considers your medical history, age, lifestyle, and other factors.

Can I prevent kidney stones from forming?

After your kidney stone treatment, Dr. Emery puts together a customized plan, so you can make the best effort to avoid stone recurrence.

To prevent kidney stones, Dr. Emery recommends:

  • Drinking a lot of water, at least six cups a day
  • Limiting salt and animal protein
  • Getting your calcium from food instead of supplements

For safe and effective management of kidney stones, call the office or book an appointment online.