Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Preventing Recurrent Kidney Stones

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Studies show that active metabolic management can decrease the chances of further stone formation by 60 to 80 percent for someone prone to stone recurrence.

Risk Factors for Recurrence

  • History of large or multiple kidney stones
  • Strong family history of stones
  • Intestinal disease (particularly inflammatory bowel disease and chronic diarrhea)
  • Gastric bypass
  • Pathologic skeletal fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • History of urinary tract infection with calculi
  • Stones composed of cystine, uric acid, or struvite
  • Anatomic abnormalities
  • Gout

Prevention of Recurrent Kidney Stones

Due to the high rate of recurrence, patients undergo a comprehensive analysis to assess their risk factors. Nonsurgical options for prevention of recurrent kidney stones may range from lifestyle modifications to nutritional adjustments to medication. Treatment of each patient is individualized based upon not only the chemical composition of the stone, but also a patient’s overall medical condition.

To schedule an appointment, please call 713.441.6455.