Kidney stones develop when excessive minerals crystallize in the inner lining of the kidney. Usually, a smaller stone passes out of the body through urine, but it could be challenging if the stone gets stuck in the urinary tract. Diet plays a vital role in kidney stones. There are specific foods that one must avoid if they have kidney stones.
To provide readers with a better understanding of such foods, Dr. Niren Rao, a leading urologist at Delhi Urology Hospital, has explained the same in this blog. The expert doctor is widely recognized for performing the best Kidney Stone Surgery in Delhi. Keep reading to learn more.
Here is a list of foods that one must avoid if they have kidney stones:
Spinach, almonds, potato fries, beetroot, and chocolate, are rich in oxalate. One must follow a calcium-rich diet to balance the amount of oxalate. Milk and yogurt are good sources of calcium and should be included in the regular diet if the oxalate intake is high.
One must refrain from consuming much animal protein, such as fish, mutton, beef, egg, cheese etc., if they have kidney stones. Consuming these increases the risk of forming kidney stones.
Avoid processed food that is rich in sugars and high in salt, as they cause dehydration. Kidney stones may aggravate as a result of dehydration. Food rich in added sugars induces the formation of new stones. Therefore, if one suffers from kidney stones, one would never want them to worsen.
Limit having food rich in vitamin C as they initiate the formation of oxalate in the body. Therefore, one should limit eating kiwi, tomatoes, red pepper, papaya, kiwi, broccoli etc. Also, one must remember to avoid consuming vitamin C supplements without consulting the doctor.
If one has kidney stones, one must avoid carbonated and caffeinated beverages. These beverages include coffee, tea (particularly dark tea), cola drinks, etc. Both caffeinated and carbonated drinks increase the risk of kidney stones. Also, caffeinated beverages dehydrate the body too. Therefore, avoid them and instead drink healthy fluids and juices to quickly get rid of kidney stones.
Effective Treatments to Get Rid of Kidney Stones at Delhi Urology Hospital
Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
PCNL is a minimally invasive surgery that is used for treating kidney stones that are more than 2 cm in size. However, due to the advanced instruments, a stone as small as 1cm in size can also be removed through mini PCNL or ultra mini PCNL. During this procedure, a small incision is placed on the back of the patient, and the stones are fragmented with the help of a nephroscope. At the end of the procedure, a DJ stent is placed and a nephrectomy tube is inserted if needed.
Benefits of PCNL
PCNL surgery is performed using small skin incisions (1 cm).
The patient experiences less postoperative pain with PCNL surgery.
The bleeding is minimal.
One can resume their normal diet early.
Early discharge – The patient stays in the hospital for either one or two days.
Retrograde Intrarenal Surgery (RIRS)
Individuals with small stones in the kidney, i.e., 15-20 mm can opt for RIRS surgery. The surgery is performed under spinal/general anesthesia. It is done with the help of a flexible urethroscope. The scope gets introduced from the urine passage in the ureter and directly in the kidney. The stone is then visualized and fragmented using lasers once inside the kidney. Once the procedure ends, a DJ stent is placed.
Benefits of RIRS
There is no cut involved in RIRS surgery.
The surgery is associated with less pain compared to other procedures, such as PCNL.
The patient’s recovery is faster, and the hospital stay is short.
Are you experiencing discomfort due to kidney stones? Book a consultation with Dr. Niren Rao, a leading urologist at Delhi Urology Hospital, to get the benefits of Kidney Stone Surgery in Delhi. The expert doctor has performed 7000 + kidney stone surgeries successfully.
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