My name is Amar J. Raval and I’m with Advanced Urology Institute.
So kidney stone disease is very prevalent in Florida because of the heat, lack of hydration being a huge factor. Patients generally present with acute onset flank pain that doesn’t resolve with oral medication [and they experience] nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, even blood in their urine then they ultimately get some sort of imaging that shows that they have a stone that may be obstructing and causing them this discomfort. Approaches are very simple and they’re very endoscopic: they don’t require any incisions whether its leaving a stent to bypass a stone or if you’re going to treat the stone, you can use shockwaves from the outside to blast it or a laser to fine-tune the stone and take a piece of it and send it as a specimen to know what kind of stone it is. So technology certainly advanced in the realm of kidney stone disease, and there’s a lot of minimally invasive approaches to be able to treat that.