Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that stick together in concentrated urine.
Myth #1: Taking foods rich in calcium (for example, milk) will give you stones.
Fact: Urologist do not recommend reducing your calcium intake to prevent them.
Myth #2: Drinking cranberry juice will help flush out a kidney stone.
Fact: Fluids of all types are safe because they increase urine output and that’s a big goal. Dilute urine is your best friend in preventing stones, so drink up.
Myth #3: Once I’ve had kidney stones, I’m not likely to get them again.
Fact: Once you’ve had a kidney stone you have an increased risk of recurrence.
Myth #4: Kidney stones look like small grey pebbles.
Fact: Kidney stones come in all shapes, sizes, and colours.
Myth #5: It only takes a few hours to pass a kidney stone.
Fact: It can sometimes take days to pass a stone.
Myth #6: In Nigeria you can only do Open surgery to remove a stone.
Fact: We now have other modern options such as laser or Extra-corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) – in which a laser or shock wave is used to break the stones).