Kidney Stones

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Kidney stones can arise at any age, may be extremely painful and can cause blood in the urine and infections. Mr Henderson has extensive experience of treating kidney stones in all age groups. He was elected to sit on the BAUS Section of Endourology Committee which is the sub-specialist group of the British Association of Urological Surgeons who treat kidney stone disease.

Mr Henderson will make a full assessment of your current kidney stone burden, and suggest the optimal treatment based on patient and stone factors. These include;

  • Monitoring- regular review of stone size and symptoms with a view to treating if the situation changes

  • Ureteroscopy (URS)- this involves passing a telescope into the ureter or kidney whilst you are asleep to break up the stone using a Holmium laser

  • Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL)- this technique involves focussing sound waves onto the stone to break it up

  • Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)- this is usually reserved for larger stones. It involves making a thumb-sized passage into the kidney via the back to break up stones with ultrasound, laser or mechanical means.

Mr Henderson has specialist interest and experience in treating kidney stones in pilots and other high-risk professions. He has detailed knowledge of Aviation Authority requirements and has contacts in the aviation and specialist occupation industry.

Following successful treatment of your stone, he will discuss any necessary metabolic assessment, treatment and lifestyle measures to help prevent future stone formation.