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Our urologists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital evaluate and analyze each patient's affection and formulate personalized treatment plans. Additionally, our doctors have access to some of the most effective medical techniques available, which helps them cure the patients' conditions and alleviate their symptoms effectively.
Hydronephrosis is a condition that manifests by the swelling of one or both kidneys due to a build-up of urine that cannot be passed from the kidneys to the bladder. This usually results from a blockage or an obstruction in the urinary tract. Left untreated, it can lead to progressive atrophy of the kidney.
The main goal in treating hydronephrosis is to restart the flow of urine from the kidney to the bladder and decrease the swelling. Treatment depends mainly on what causes the swelling. Some of the treatment methods used when dealing with hydronephrosis are:
There is only one type of hydronephrosis as the one thing that varies in patients affected by it is the underline cause.
Common symptoms of hydronephrosis include:
When patients show signs that they may suffer from hydronephrosis, our doctors usually recommend the following tests:
Hydronephrosis can also be diagnosed in babies during pregnancy while performing a routine ultrasound scan at approximately twenty weeks. This condition is called antenatal hydronephrosis.
There are a number of risk factors that can lead to the development of hydronephrosis:
Hydronephrosis is almost always caused by an underlying condition. These conditions include:
It is normal for people to search for alternative treatments and methods that can help relieve some of the symptoms caused by hydronephrosis. Keep in mind though that these alternative treatment approaches have not been scientifically proven so it is important to ask a doctor’s opinion before trying them out. Some of these alternative remedies are:
In order to prevent hydronephrosis, the patient has to prevent the conditions that cause it in the first place. These prevention methods are:
Kidney stones prevention: Preventing kidney stones can help prevent hydronephrosis, so these lifestyle strategies can be helpful: drinking normal quantities of water, reducing sodium intake, avoiding animal protein and taking in an appropriate amount of calcium.
Enlarged prostate prevention: There are several lifestyle habits that can help with preventing an enlarged prostate: eating more fruits and vegetables, eating low-fat foods, avoiding red meat, exercising regularly, drinking green tea, giving up alcohol and maintaining a healthy sex life.
Cancer prevention: Although there is no cancer prevention strategy, there are some choices that can help reduce the risk: a low-fat diet, increasing the daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, reducing dairy products and maintaining a healthy weight.
Urinary tract infection prevention: Drinking 2 liters of liquids daily, maintaining a healthy weight and emptying the bladder after sexual intercourse.
Do you suspect you might suffer from hydronephrosis? You can always learn more about renal problems and how to treat and cure them by getting in touch with our specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.
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