Once a stone has been treated it is important to try and prevent the development of further stones. All patients should have some basic tests to see why they made a kidney stone should be performed including a blood calcium level and blood urate level. For low risk patients general dietary, lifestyle and fluid intake advice is adequate.
In a select group of patients a more thorough check of their blood and urine “biochemistry” or make-up is advised, to diagnose the cause of stone formation. This will usually involve 24 hour urine collections. It is very important that all the urine that you pass is collected, and that you collect the urine for a full 24 hour period. You will be given detailed advice on how to perform this test if required.
Oxford Urology Associates are delighted to be one of the few clinics in the country to offer StoneScreen. StoneScreen is a unique and comprehensive programme which investigates the causes of kidney stones. Kidney stones form for many different and often subtle reasons. Using data from over 3000 patients and 40 years’ experience, StoneScreen have developed a system using lifestyle and dietary information, combined with the results of urinary, blood and stone tests to calculate a personalised risk profile. StoneScreen uses this system to provide individualised advice to kidney stone formers. StoneScreen is the most comprehensive scheme available in the UK for assessing all the potential risk factors that lead to stone-formation, and Oxford & Bucks Urology Partnership are one of the only clinics in the country to offer this. For more information see their website.