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Gastric bypass surgery done. Kidney pain after removing stone. How to prevent stone formation?

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My wife had gastric bypass surgery in 2010 and since 2011 has had 5 different procedures to remove kidney stones. Is there any way to prevent them from forming. there was also some suspicion of something refferred to as spongey kidney. What kind of treatments would benefit that?
After the procedures she has persistent pain in teh left side. The urologist she sees has said that there are currently no stones in the kidney, but she still has pain. teh only solution he offerred was sending her to a pain clinic which does not fix the problem. Her local family doctor would not referr her to a nephrologist because he said that kidney stones were treated by urologists.
Posted Wed, 27 Mar 2013 in Kidney Conditions
Answered by Dr. G.Srinivasan 1 hour later
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Gastric bypass causes OXALATE stones.
Diet modifications -to be advised by the dietician - would benefit her, if she takes diet low in oxalates. Some high oxalate foods are nuts, chocolates, greens.
Addressing the pain - this may be due to musculo-skeletal origin rather than kidney origin as there are no stones. This pain is treated by pain reliever tablets and local application gels with application of warmth.
As there is suspicion of sponge kidney, nephrology consult is worth-while. If i were you, i would insist this to my GP.

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