Litholink

Litholink is a group of physicians and scientists who have developed a comprehensive kidney stone prevention program. Their website contains a valuable collection of nephrolithiasis information:

1. education

2. prevention

3. kidney stone testing

4. dietary information

5. downloadable stone collection manual

6. testimonials from satisfied patients

7. specific test designed for patients with cystine stones

They have relationships with health insurance companies to assist patients with payment:
1. Aetna

2. ConnectiCare

3. United Healthcare

Once enrolled in their program, you can take part in their prevention program consisting of:

1. Urine collection to determine type of stone formation.

2. Treatment and prevention plan.

3. Co-treatment plan with physician

4. Follow-up urine collection to make sure treatment plan is working.

Your treatment plan will vary according to the type of stone you are forming. Treatment may include

increased fluid intake, dietary changes, and/or medications.

Their professionals correspond with patients with reminders and follow-up testing as a part of their prevention program.

When you get to their homepage, you can click 'Patient' and then 'LitholinkStone'. You will then find tabs for:

1. Education

2. Stone Testing

3. Testimonials

4. Insurance programs

Highly recommended! Check it out!

I found out about this service on Duke University's website and Alan Wasserstein, MD Director of the Kidney Stone Evaluation Center Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

You may also want to watch a video by Michael Lipkin M.D. from Duke Raleigh Hospital here. speaking to other Doctors about his research and treatment regime.

If you can keep up with the medical terminology, his presentation is wonderfully condensed and informative. You will gain assurance from his expertise and professionalism. You will also acquire an education that will assist you in treatment and prevention. I especially appreciated his explanation of the different types of stones and their causes. He also covers diet, risk factors and medications .

Informational video from the Duke Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center

You'll be glad you did.

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