Expert urology care in Salt Lake City, Utah

St. Mark’s urology department in Salt Lake City, Utah has a team of urologists to treat everything from the most minor, nonsurgical conditions to more critical, surgical conditions, such as kidney stones and prostate cancer.

For more information, or to book an appointment with a board-certified urology specialist, please call (844) 208-9617.

Urology is the study of all conditions within urinary tract system, as well as the male reproductive organs. From the kidneys and the bladder, to testosterone maladies and prostate dysfunction, urological care is crucial to the overall health of both women and men.

Urological conditions we treat

Urological disorders comprise some of the largest concerns for our male patients. Our team of highly-trained physicians uses cutting-edge technology to diagnose and treat the full range of urological ailments and disorders.

Some of the more common urological disorders that our Salt Lake City urologists treat and diagnose include:

Because of the large range of potential issues, it is critical to seek medical guidance and diagnosis for any urological concerns or discomfort you may be having. The urology physicians at St. Mark’s will handle your care with the utmost attention to detail and privacy, ensuring professional care in a calming atmosphere.

Urological surgery options in Salt Lake City, Utah

By using minimally-invasive surgical techniques, our urology staff ensures that regardless of the diagnosis, your recovery will be timely as you are offered the best care on the Wasatch Front.

We perform a variety of urological surgeries in the St. Mark’s surgery center. Urological surgeries include, but aren’t limited to:

Kidney stone treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah

Kidney stones are made of a crystal-like material form inside the kidneys or other areas of the urinary tract. The cause of the kidney stone depends on the type of kidney stone you have.

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Types of kidney stones

There are five types of kidney stones:

  • Calcium oxalate: These stones are caused by high concentration of calcium or other minerals in the urine or low concentration of minerals that prevent stone formation.
  • Calcium phosphate: These stones form when calcium combines with phosphoric acid instead of oxalic acid.
  • Struvite: These stones are composed of ammonium, magnesium and phosphate salts and are caused by urinary tract infections.
  • Uric acid: These stones are caused by acidic urine and may occur in people with gout or people undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
  • Cystine: These stones are caused by a rare genetic disorder that causes the kidneys to build up a surplus of cystine.

Kidney stone symptoms

In many cases, people with kidney stones don’t experience symptoms and pass the stone during urination. However, symptoms of kidney stones include:

  • Sharp, stabbing pain in the mid-back that may occur every few minutes and last from 20 minutes to one hour
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Burning pain during urination
  • Fever
  • Pain in the lower abdomen, groin or genital areas
  • Blood in the urine

Diagnosis and treatment for kidney stones

To determine if you have kidney stones, your healthcare provider will ask about symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. Urine tests, blood tests, X-Rays, CT scans or Ultrasounds (or a combination of these exams) may be done to confirm a kidney stone is present.

Your kidney stone treatment plan will vary based upon the size and location of the stone. Your treatment may include:

  • Water: Drinking 2-3 quarts of water per day to flush the stones out through urination. You may be given a special cup to secure the stone when it passes, so it can be analyzed. You may need to be hospitalized to receive fluids through an IV if you can’t keep fluids down.
  • Medication: You may be prescribed medicine to help reduce pain or help you pass the stone during urination.
  • Surgery: Your healthcare provider may suggest kidney stone surgery if the stones are very large, causing bleeding, creating infection or blocking the flow of urine. There are minimally invasive kidney stone surgery techniques, such as ureteroscopy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL). These procedures involve breaking up stones into small pieces so they can be removed.
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL): This approach applies shock waves to the skin, and the impact breaks up stones so that they can be passed during urination.

Preventing kidney stones

You are more prone to kidney stones after you’ve already had one. To prevent kidney stones:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Talk to your doctor about your diet and medical history
  • Ask your doctor if you should avoid certain foods or drinks
  • Talk to your doctor about medications you may need

Contact us

For more information, or to book an appointment with a board-certified urology specialist, please call (844) 208-9617.