Episode 66:  Kidney Stones. Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention


Episode Summary:

Learn all you need to know about Kidney Stones, who is at risk, the various types of stones, and presentations.


Robert M. Sweet, MD, FACS, MAMSE
Professor of Urology, Surgery, and Bioengineering (adj)
Medical Director UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center
Chief, Division of Healthcare Simulation Sciences
Executive Director of WISH and CREST
University of Washington

Dr. Sweet is a Joint Professor of Urology and Surgery and Adjunct Professor in Bioengineering at the University of Washington.  He is the Inaugural Chief of the Division for Healthcare Simulation Science and the Founding Medical Director of the UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center.

Dr. Sweet founded and led the University of Minnesota’s SimPORTAL and cofounded the University of Washington’s ISIS, renamed the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho Institute for Simulation Technologies (WISH) when he assumed the Executive Director position.  He is the PI for all Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST) programs, including the “Advanced Modular Manikin.”

During This Episode, We Discuss:

We review the diagnosis and various presentations of stones- Why are some painful and others not?

 How are Kidney Stones diagnosed? What constitutes a Kidney Stone emergency?

Who has stones that might pass versus stones that require therapy? How are Kidney Stones managed and treated?

How can we prevent Kidney Stones

The Role of the Kidney Stone Center


“Kidney Stones are Increasing in incidence in the United States and around the world. 2.5% of persons will experience a stone event each year.”

                                                                                                        Dr. Sweet

“The increase seems to be associated with our diet and diseases like Obesity, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Hypertension.”                   

                                                                                                          Dr. Sweet

“The most common type of stone is Calcium Oxalate.”

                                                                                                          Dr. Pelman

“When a person hears that they have a calcium-based stone, the first thing they usually do is to stop ingesting calcium…and it’s the opposite… We encourage a normal calcium diet.”

                                                                                                            Dr. Sweet

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