Although most bladder stones must be removed, the patient can try increasing urinary production by drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water or more per day, which may help the stones pass out of the body naturally.
Removal of bladder stones can be accomplished with a cytoscope, through extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), which breaks up stones using ultrasonic waves, or by traditional open surgery.
Since bladder stones are generally secondary conditions, if the underlying cause of the stones is not addressed, the problem may recur. Untreated stones may also cause urinary tract infections or damage to the kidneys or bladder.
Resources at Cedars-Sinai
- Urology Academic Practice