Kidney stones develop as small, solid crystalline masses in the kidneys. If these pebble-like masses pass into the urethra, the sensation can be extremely painful and even cause blockage if large enough. Florida Hospital’s Kidney Stone Center offers the industry’s most advanced, comfortable and effective remedies for kidney stone removal. In fact, our Kidney Stone Center’s commitment to quality care has gained us honored accreditation through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
What is a kidney stone?
A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms from crystallization of excreted substances in the urine. The stone may remain in the kidney or break loose and travel down the urinary tract. A small stone may pass all of the way out of the body, but a larger stone can get stuck in a ureter, the bladder, or the urethra. This may block the flow of urine and cause great pain.
A kidney stone may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a pearl, and some are as big as golf balls. They may be smooth, irregular in shape, or jagged, and are usually yellow or brown in color.