Kidney Stone Season is Coming
Summer is coming, Iowans. We don’t know about you, but we’re always ready for the warmer, sunny days that usher in an Iowa summer. But perhaps the challenges 2020 has handed us so far have made us all a little more grateful than before for simple things like beautiful weather and the opportunity to get outside and exercise, enjoy a baseball game or backyard bbq with friends and family.
As a medical practice dedicated exclusively to the field of urology, we know that summer also ushers in something a little less happy and fun—an increase in kidney stones.
Why is Summer ‘Kidney Stone Season’?
Kidney stones affect about 4 million people in the U.S. each year, and more people struggle with kidney stone disease during the summer months than at any other time of the year. Why? In a word, dehydration.
As the temperature rises in the summer months (peaking in August), we sweat more. Without proper hydration, the body's fluids become more concentrated with dietary minerals, such as calcium. This increases the risk that the minerals will concentrate into stones.
More than 10 percent of Americans will develop at least one kidney stone during their lifetime. Many get their first stones as early as their mid-20s.
Introducing... The UCI Kidney Stone Hotline
To better meet the needs of patients dealing with the effects of kidney stone disease, UCI has some exciting news. We’ve launched the Kidney Stone Hotline, a dedicated line for the rapid and effective response to all things kidney stones.
The Kidney Stone Hotline is available to referring physicians and is staffed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m by UCI team members who have direct access to all UCI physicians. That means a referring doctor can speak to a board-certified urologist within 15 minutes if needed and have a follow-up plan before the patient leaves the facility.
If an appointment is recommended, one will be made (same day if possible!) either through telemedicine or in person. Calls that are received on the hotline after hours will be screened and triaged immediately the following morning.