Bladder stones are hard objects in the urinary tract made up of millions of tiny crystals.
Bladder stones can form as a consequence of a number of conditions. In some cases, they may be related to urinary tract infection. In other cases, they may form in association with a prostate condition. And there are also certain types of reconstructive surgical procedures performed on the urinary tract which can increase the risk for bladder stone formation.
Bladder Stones: What You Need to Know
- In some cases bladder stones can cause symptoms, but in other cases they may be silent, and detected incidentally.
- Those who have had a bladder stone before are at greater risk of developing another.
- To prevent bladder stones, it is important to know why it formed. This can be determined through a medical evaluation.
- Often, bladder stones will require a procedure in order to be removed. However, in many cases such procedures can be performed without an incision, and without requiring overnight hospitalization.
Our Center for Stone Disease
At the Gerald D. and Helen M. Stephens Center for Stone Disease, urologists work closely with a team of nephrologists to address all aspects of bladder stone care. By combining surgical, medical and dietary therapies, patients enjoy faster recoveries and fewer bladder stones down the road.
Learn more about the Gerald D. and Helen M. Stephens Center for Stone Disease