2 Your Health: New option in treating kidney stones in the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC– The wait is over for people with painful kidney stones. Roper hospital’s new walk-in clinic gives patients the ability to do everything in one location, at one time. The idea is to get patients back on their feet and back to their lives.

Laura Icard is back at the Kidney Stone Center. She feels great now but she describes the pain that brought her to the kidney stone center at roper hospital as “baaaaaaaaaaaaad”.

Kidney stones were causing her the worst pain she had every experienced. “You start to notice some intense pain it kind of comes and goes in the longer you wait the more severe it becomes,” she said.

Board certified Dr. Jonathan Picard explains why kidney stones cause such excruciating pain. “Essentially a small crystal formed inside the body,” Picard said. “Typically it’s formed up in the kidney but usually doesn’t cause too many problems but it does when it breaks off and falls into a tube and goes down into the bladder.”

Picard added immediate fast treatment is what they guarantee at the walk-in clinic. “It’s not that its such a variety of treatment, it’s that we are offering everything in one package. If you come in with a kidney stone, [you are immediately assessed] by a board certified urologist and then go ahead and develop a treatment plan.”

This works for Picard. “Knowing I wasn’t going to be waiting in the waiting room for someone to call me back for hours on end was just a huge relief. The IVs, the medication, and the warm welcoming smile were just a huge relief.”

More than 800 people have been treated at the Kidney Stone Center since it opened in January.

For more information, head to their website http://www.rsfh.com/kidney-stone-center.


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