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Southern California Urology Institute
Gary Bellman, M.D., F.R.C.S.
Board Certified Urologist
Fellowship Trained, Certified in Robotic Surgery

Expertise, Understanding, and
Extraordinary Results


Kidney Stones

What You Need to Know About them and How They are Treated


Kidney stones affect more than 10% of Southern Californians. The result of mineral deposits which form and harden in the kidneys, these small stones can cause not only severe pain, but result in lasting health problems if not treated by an expert urologist.

Here's everything you need to know about kidney stones and various kidney stone treatments by Dr. Gary Bellman at the Southern California Urology Institute.

Symptoms of Kidney Stones

If you're suffering from a kidney stone, you may not know what is responsible for your pain and discomfort, but you're sure going to notice it.


Kidney Stones

Symptoms of Kidney Stones include:

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What Causes Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones were at one time microscopic particles, which over time band together, and harden, turning into "stones." Once these deposits have crystallized, it becomes much harder for them to dissolve in the urine. So, they pass out of the kidney and become lodged in the tube that carries the urine to the bladder. The resulting pain is from a blockage of urine, pressure, and ultimately stretching, and spasms.

There are 4 main types of kidney stones:


Preventing Kidney Stones in Southern California

Since 20-40% of recurrent kidney stones have been associated with elevated urinary calcium, it was originally thought that consumption of high amounts of calcium might cause or contribute to the development of kidney stones. However, established and emerging studies indicate that calcium restriction may increase the risk of kidney stones under certain conditions.

Because most kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate, it might seem counterintuitive to consume more calcium and end up with less in your kidneys, but there is theory about why it works...the real culprit is oxalate, not calcium. Oxalate is found in many foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts and chocolate, and calcium binds to it avidly. The more calcium in the digestive tract, the more oxalate that can bind, instead of being absorbed and ending up in the kidneys.

Southern Californians who have had kidney stones in the past should try to prevent a recurrence.

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Treatment for Kidney Stones in Southern California

Patients in Los Angeles who have kidney stones which are too large to pass through urine, will require expert treatment to dissolve or remove dangerous and painful kidney stones. Dr. Gary Bellman, Los Angeles based Urologist is an expert in the removal of painful kidney stones, using the latest treatments including:

Medical Management of Kidney Stone Disease in Los Angeles

Following any surgical kidney stone procedure, a key element of a patient's care is the prevention of future stone formation. To achieve this goal, Dr. Gary Bellman may order a comprehensive metabolic evaluation to define your stone risk factors. Thus, preventative regimens can be tailored for every individual. Tests which may be performed as part of a kidney stone patient's medical evaluation include: stone composition analysis, serum stone risk-blood panels, and 24-hour urine evaluations.

What to Do If You Suspect You Have Kidney Stones

If you're experiencing waves of sharp pain in your back, side, abdomen, or groin, or if you are having difficult urinating, or any pain when urinating, it's important to contact an expert Los Angeles urologist, who specializes in the treatment of kidney stones.

Dr. Gary Bellman is a top kidney stone treatment physician, who will be able to properly diagnose the source of your discomfort, and provide you with the best options for treating your kidney stones, thereby alleviating the pain and associated discomfort.

For an appointment or consultation with Dr. Gary Bellman,
please contact our Los Angeles area office or call 818-912-1899


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