Hard deposits consisting of minerals and salts called kidney stones develop inside your kidneys. A renowned healthcare company, Pristyn Care, recently conducted a poll to see how well Indians understand kidney function and the risks connected with renal illness.
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According to the data, one in three people have the false belief that drinking beer can alleviate kidney stones. More than 1000 participants participated in a study by Pristyn Care-Lybrate Data labs. In addition to revealing a lack of knowledge about kidney function, the poll also revealed that 50% of people would put off getting treatment for kidney stones for more than six months, up to two years.
According to our survey, 68% of people think surgery to remove kidney stones is safe, but 50% stated they would put off getting the procedure for more than six months, says Dr. Vaibhav Kapoor, co-founder of Pristyn Care.
Diabetes and hypertension are two of the most prevalent risk factors for kidney stones, yet the survey found that only 14% of respondents were aware of this.
More than half of the people did not know that the kidney generates urine, according to the unexpected data.
Only 9% of participants recognised that the kidneys also break down proteins, and only 7% were aware of the kidney’s function in supporting bone health.
Many people have started adding protein supplements to their diets as a result of the popularity of fitness and bodybuilding programmes. Despite the lack of any medical or scientific evidence, the study found that more than half of respondents thought protein supplements might lead to kidney stones.
There are no comprehensive statistics on the prevalence of chronic renal disease in India. Nonetheless, the rise in kidney stone instances should serve as a cautionary tale. Online appointments for kidney disorders increased by 180% in 2022 compared to 2021, according to Lybrate, a mobile healthcare technology business, with the bulk of consultations being for kidney stones. In addition, males consult for kidney stones three times as often as women do.
According to the size and location of the kidney stones, Dr. Shalabh Agrawal, Consultant-Urology, CK Birla Hospital, indicated that symptoms may be experienced. “Common symptoms” include desire to urinate, hematuria (blood in the urine), and flank pain (in the upper belly, back, and sides).
Complications may lead to “fever, renal failure, and bodily edoema,” says Dr. Agrawal.
Retrograde intrarenal surgery, often known as RIRS, is a sophisticated non-invasive operation that uses precision laser technology to remove big kidney stones, claims Pristyn Care.
The preferred procedure for treating small to medium-sized kidney stones that can be found in any portion of the urinary tract is ureteroscopy (URS).
Shock wave lithotripsy involves passing high energy shock waves into the body to break stones into fragments the size of sand grains.