Kidney stone is a significant disease with a 12-15% prevalence in the United States. Patients with a history of stones have a 50% risk of making another stone in 5 years or 80% risk in their lifetime. The goal of this book is to educate the reader on the nuts and bolts of stone disease and to provide new and updated information to help them tackle this painful disease.
Section A. My personal encounter with the Medical Profession, Surgery and Pain.- 1. Room #2: The test I could not study for.- 2. Visiting the other side: The roller coaster ride continues!.- Section B. The significance of Stone Disease.- 3. The Urinary Tract: The Inside Story!.- 4.Rock of Ages: Stones have stood the test of time!.- 5. Facts and Figures: Stones by the numbers!.- 6. Urinary Tract Stones: From the invisible to the clearly distinct and discernible stone!.- 7 Stone Characteristics: Not all stones arecreated equal!.-Section C. Risk factors, Risk Group.- 8. Metabolic and Hereditary Factors: Are you stone prone?.- 9. The Stone Belt.- 10. Sex and Stones: Sex and stones may break your bones, but water will not harm you!.- 11. Pregnancy and Stones: Stubborn Stone Situations.- 12. Children and Elderly with Stones:Stones for the Ages!.- 13. Obesity and stones: Losing the waist is more than weight!.- Section D. The Work-up.- 14. Symptoms: Listen to how your stone is communicating with you!.- 15. The incidental Stone- It may not be so insignificant!.- 16. Stone Disease Imaging: There is more to x-rays than what we see!.- Section E. Treatment.- 17. Who, what, where and when to treat: Who should be my Urologist? Pick your doc to break your rock!.- 18. Meeting your expectations: What to anticipate before, during and after treatment!.- 19. Medical Therapy: Mind your Medicines!.- 20.The Surgical Procedure: No Doc, No Shock!.- 21. Treatment of Complex Stones: Location, Location, Location!.- 22. Ureteral Stents: To stent or not to stent, that is a great question!.- 23.Managing your pre-operative and post-operative pain.- Section F. Prevention.- 24. Stop the Stones! Necessary tests to determine your risk for stones.- 25. Hydration:Why we drink, whento drink, what to drink, and how much to drink, that is the question!.- 26. Complimentary Medicine: A Natural and Healthy approach to Stone Prevention.- 27. Nutrition Recommendations to Prevent Kidney Stones: Realistic dietary goals and expectations.- 28. Diet Fads and Stones: Is your diet all cracked up to what it is supposed to be?.- 29. Maintain control: Managing your expectations!.- Section G. Bonus.- 30. Update: What is new on the horizon.-31. SpecialStone Stories.- 32. Billing, Coding and Your Stone: What the Patient should know!.- 33. ObamaCare and your stone: Good news, bad news!.