5 Kidney Stone Myths vs Facts

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).

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