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Kidney stone is one of the problems which many people suffer from. This can be painful at times if the stone size is large. But, in some cases, it can be passed naturally if the stone size is small. In this guide, we will tell you how long will it take for the kidney stone to pass.

How Long Does A Kidney Stone Take To Pass

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are solid masses which form the chemicals and minerals in the urine to get in the crystal form. These include uric acid and calcium which are found at a low level. If there is excess then it gets flushed with the urine. But, if it is in excess then it will take the form of kidney stones. Some things which can increase the risk of developing these problems.

  • Increasing the intake of protein
  • Vitamin D in excess amount
  • Fluids intake is very less
  • Being overweight
  • Metabolic issue
  • Inflammatory bowel problem

Symptoms of kidney stone

  • Severe pain in the back and side, it might even come suddenly
  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Small amount of urine or not at all

How long to pass a kidney stone?


One of the major factors is the size of the stone which will determine whether it can pass naturally or not. Around 80% of the time the stones pass on their own which are 4 millimeters. On average, it takes around 31 days to pass naturally.

Stones which are more than 4mm or 6mm need some sort of treatment. But, around 60% of them pass naturally. On average, it will take around 45 days.

Stones which are larger than 6 mm need to be removed with the medical treatment. In this case, around 20% of them pass naturally. Stone of this size can take around one year to pass naturally from the body.


Apart from the size of the stone, its location in the ureter will also make a difference. The stones will pass on their own which are at the end of ureter closer when it gets attached with the bladder instead of getting attached with the kidney.

According to research around 79% of stone pass on their own. Stones which are close to the bladder pass on its own without the need of medical treatment which is around 48%.

Can we make them pass faster?

The best way is to drink lots of fluids and orange juice or grapefruit. Drinking more fluid will make the stone move and it will stop growing. Make the routine to drink at least 2 to 3 quarts of water every day.

The urologist will give you an appropriate diet which you should follow as it will help to pass the stone. You can also use a heating pad as the process can be very painful.

When is there a need to get the surgery?

Consulting the doctor as soon as possible is very essential. If you have the kidney stone then the doctor will help you determine the best option.

Some cases are severe that stone removal surgery should be done without any wait. In some cases, the doctor might wait if the stone size is small, but if you are experiencing any new symptoms than treatment of kidney stone removal is needed.



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