Welcome to Urology Group of New Mexico - Vasectomy and Urology Experts
The Urology Group of New Mexico is dedicated to serving the urological needs of adults and children in the Albuquerque, NM, area. Our urologist, Dr. Frederick Snoy, is committed to providing quality urological care in a patient-friendly setting. Dr. Snoy has performed over 2,000 vasectomies making UGNM a premier vasectomy clinic. We offer vasectomy services using the modern “no scalpel” technique.
Experience has taught our practice to treat each patient as a partner in his or her medical care. Because some urological conditions are accompanied by discomfort or embarrassment, we emphasize sensitivity and discretion with all patients concerns.
Dr. Snoy is pleased to offer a variety of payment options including cash, credit card, cashier’s check and several flexible financing choices (including interest free) through CareCredit. Click the Care Credit logo to learn more or to apply.
Kidney Stones: A Urinary Tract’s Worst Nightmare
A kidney stone also known as renal lithiasis is a group of calcium crystals or deposits that form inside the kidney where the urine resides. During urination, a variety of minerals and chemicals are excreted in the urine and sometimes these come together to form the premature stages of a kidney stone. When a kidney stone falls into the ureter, ample amounts of pain become more prevalent as the stone usually causes obstruction and prevents urine from draining out of the kidney properly. Kidney stones can range from the size of a grain of salt to an inch in diameter or larger.
Individuals that suspect having a kidney stone will experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain during urination
- Blood in urine
- Sharp pain in the lower back/abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting accompanied by the pain
Keep in mind, small kidney stones may pass on their own without any symptoms.
Kidney stones have many causes and can affect any part of your urinary tract—from the kidneys to the bladder. Some common causes of kidney stones include:
1) not drinking enough water
2) medical conditions
3) family history of kidney stones
4) blockage of the urinary tract
5) digestive problems
6) repeating urinary tract infections
There are different terms for kidney stones depending on where they sit within the urinary tract:
- Urolith: A stone anywhere within the urinary tract
- Nephrolith: A stone within the kidney
- Ureterolith: A stone within the ureter
- Calculus: A stone within the body
- Struvite: A stone that forms after a kidney infection
- Cystine: A stone that forms as a result of a genetic disorder
Treatment for kidney stones can be administered at the Urology Group of New Mexico. Our process entails a physical examination to detect tenderness in the lower back and/or abdomen. The exam normally outlines any other potential problems and the patient is treated for pain while the diagnosis takes place. Additional treatment options can be explored after consulting with urologists like Dr. Fredrick J. Snoy. Dr. Snoy can provide a treatment choices, expected results, and additional information depending on the severity of the kidney stone. If you are experiencing any symptoms and would like to have Dr. Snoy take a look at the problem, please contact our office for an appointment.