We treat a wide range of kidney conditions, including kidney stones and kidney cancer.

If you would like to speak to us about a condition you are suffering from you can do so by calling 0800 400 400 or filling out our online form.

Below you will find a brief explanation of some of the kidney conditions we treat.

Kidney Stones

Formation of kidney stones is a common condition in both men and women. This is usually the result of low fluid intake but living in a warm climate as well as high meat and salt intake may also contribute to stone formation within the urinary tract. Other conditions can also lead to kidney stones such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), congenital kidney conditions (Horseshoe kidney) and previous urinary tract reconstruction.

Simple lifestyle changes such as increasing fluid intake to a minimum of 2 litres per day and making certain dietary changes such as reducing food rich in salt and oxalate can reduce future stone formation. Stones may be removed through either shock wave therapy or minimally invasive surgery.

Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is associated with smoking and high blood pressure. It is more common in men than in women and usually present with blood in the urine and back pain. The majority of men and women usually diagnosed with this condition are asymptomatic and have an incidental finding of a kidney tumour on a scan requested for other reasons. This condition is usually treated with surgery and medication if still curable.  

Pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction (PUJO)

This is usually a congenital condition that occurs in 1 in 1500 adults and is more common in men than women. It is also more likely to affect the left than the right kidney. Individuals may either remain asymptomatic and incidentally identified with this condition on a scan or may present with loin pain particularly after drinking either large volumes of fluid or significant amounts of caffeine/alcohol. The pain is the result of the kidney being over-distended by urine and the restricted drainage.

Depending on the severity of the blockage and the function of the kidney, surgery is usually the gold standard method of correcting this condition. More recently, with the introduction of robotic surgery, individuals with this condition undergo minimally invasive surgery with tiny scars and return to normal activity quickly.