Some patients who have had kidney or ureteral stones may form more stones in the future. After your stone passes or is removed, your urologist will determine if you are at high risk of recurrence. To do so, he or she will need to analyze the stone. In addition, the urologist will consult the results of your blood and urine tests which were done before treatment.
If your risk of recurrence is low, general lifestyle changes will be enough to cut the risk of forming another stone.
If you have a high risk of recurrence, the doctor will run a series of specific blood and urine tests called metabolic evaluation. Depending on the test results, the doctor will recommend preventive measures or further tests.