Emory Kidney Stone Prevention Program
Emory Kidney Stone Prevention Program
The Emory Clinic, Building B, 1st Floor
1365 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Clinic Availability: Monday mornings
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Nephrology at Medical Office Tower
550 Peachtree Street, 7th floor
Atlanta, GA 30308
Clinic Availability: Tuesday and
Emory Kidney Stone
The Emory Clinic is a leader in the treatment and prevention of chronic
kidney stones. Under the direction of Harold Franch, MD, Emory developed
a comprehensive kidney stone prevention program in 1997. The program
takes a holistic approach to kidney stone prevention, including diet and
lifestyle modification, management of complicating diseases and medication
therapy. Dr. Franch and his team tailor the program to meet individual needs.
People who form multiple stones frequently have certain genetic and
environmental exposures and may suffer from a variety of associated diseases.
From years of experience, we understand the needs of patients with cystinuria,
hyperoxaluria, short bowel, gastric bypass, renal tubular acidosis, maladsorption
syndromes, Dent’s disease, hyperparathyroidism, sarcoidosis, chronic kidney
disease, among others.
Dr. Franch pioneered the use of heart healthy diets for kidney stone prevention.
He has served on the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee and as
president of the International Society for Renal Nutrition and Metabolism.
Preventive measures are the key to reducing your risk of developing additional
stones and suffering kidney damage. Overall, the reduction in number of
stones formed ranges from 50% to 95% and the stones passed are smaller
and softer, reducing the need for surgical procedures and lithotripsy. Because
multiple stones raise the risk of high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease
and heart disease, the clinic will work with your primary care physician on a
comprehensive program to promote overall wellness.
• Extensive and thorough medical
history and physical examination
• Laboratory blood work
• Urine analysis
• Stone evaluation (if available)
• Urology evaluation
You and your physician will create a personalized management or prevention
plan depending on your individual condition and circumstances. Customized
diet and medication regimens are often prescribed.
You Are Not Alone
About 13% of men and 8% of women will have had kidney stone symptoms
by the age of 70. However, most people do not form multiple, frequent
stones. Sometimes, people who continue to form multiple stones feel helpless
in the face of pain, procedures and damage to the kidneys. The Emory Kidney
Stone Prevention Program is designed to be a place to help those who continue
to form stones despite their best efforts and those of their physicians.
Lifestyle and Diet Changes
• Changes in diet and lifestyle that reduce kidney stones can protect from
heart attacks, strokes and chronic kidney disease.
• Reduce meat and egg consumption to one or two servings a day.
• Increase water intake in order to produce urine volume of 2.5 to 4 liters
(85 to 135 ounces) a day.
• Avoid cured meats (hot dogs, bacon), organ meats, foods with added
sugar, corn syrup or honey.
• Reduce your intake of salt (sodium).
• Reduce oxalate consumption.
• Consume two or three servings of calcium-rich foods or milk a day.
• Eat fruit and vegetables at every meal.
• If you smoke, stop.
• Exercise regularly.
• Take prescribed medications as directed.
If you are currently suffering from kidney stones and would
like to see an Emory physician, please call 404-778-4898 for
our Clifton campus, or 404-686-5038 for our Midtown campus.
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For those currently suffering from kidney stones, Dr. Franch works closely
with his colleagues in the Emory Departments of Nephrology, Radiology
and Urology, as well as urologists at Emory University Hospital Midtown,
private practices and North Georgia, to ensure patients receive the most
comprehensive and appropriate care possible.