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I have a 6mm kidney stone in my tube which is causing pain and blood in my urine...

I have a 6mm kidney stone in my tube which is causing pain and blood in my urine each day - I am taking pain killers but have been advised that I would have an out patient appointment with Mr Syed at Good Hope Hospital on the 21st April - I was wondering if there is anything that can be done to move this stone or whether it's a case of whether I go private or through the NHS the treatment will be the same i.e. to wait until it passes?

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The answer

Most kidney stones are small enough to be passed in your urine, and it may be possible to treat the symptoms at home with medication. However larger stones may need to be broken up using ultrasound or laser energy. Occasionally, keyhole surgery may be needed to remove very large kidneys stones directly. Your consultant will be able discuss the options available to you based on the size and location of your kidney stone. If you are a member of AXA PPP Healthcare please contact your policy team to discuss your membership plan with one of our personal advisors.

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