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North Carolina is one of the numerous states located in the “Stone Belt,” meaning we have a high incidence of urinary stones due to the hot weather and dehydration.
So what are kidney stones, and what do you do if you have them? Brandon Rubens, MD, with WakeMed Physician Practices – Urology, shared answers to these questions and more.
You can prevent kidney stones by staying hydrated and limiting the amount of salt (sodium) in your diet.
In some cases, you may need surgery for your kidney stones if you experience any of the following:
Currently, we offer several surgical options for kidney stones. These include the following. Speak with your urologist to determine whether you are a candidate for surgery.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy
The Kidney Stone Center at WakeMed is a 24-hour service available for those who think they might be passing a stone. If you think you are passing a stone, you can contact our stone center at 919-350-ROCK. Our goal is to help you navigate your medical condition and try to have you avoid an Emergency Department visit. We can answer questions for you, offer advice, and typically get you into the office quite quickly.
Reach the Kidney Stone Center by calling: 919-350-ROCK (7625).
Dr. Brandon Rubens is urologist with WakeMed Physician Practices – Urology. Dr. Rubens’ clinical expertise lies in robotic and laparoscopic surgery, urologic cancer (prostate, kidney and bladder cancer) and general urology, including prostate enlargement, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, blood in the urine and kidney stones.
Request an appointment with Dr. Rubens today.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610