Stone composition is important for two reasons. First, from a surgical perspective, if your stone needs to be removed, different stone compositions might make a kidney stone fairly soft or very hard and difficult to fragment or break. So if the type of stone is known, it might impact the choice of surgical procedure your surgeon chooses to remove the stone. Second reason why the stone composition is important is because it can influence the advice given to you long-term about what might be causing your kidney stone and how to prevent them from forming in the future.
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