Life hacks: Practical dietary tips for kidney stone patients
Advancement in kidney stone research
The main goal of this year’s event was to educate the general community on how diets can affect kidney stones and in particular the various different diets that have been popular among the general public. By educating patients on the various diet options, the Stone Centre team wanted to promote healthy and knowledgeable decision making in respect to patients’ dietary habits, as well as to minimize any confusion or misunderstanding about how different foods can affect the formation of stones. Dr. Zalunardo is a nephrologist who provided her expert knowledge in handling kidney stones and provided information on when a nephrologist should be a part of a stone patient’s care. Dr.Chew discussed what types of imaging is available to patients, and the pros and cons of each imaging modality. Lastly, Dr.Chew and Dr.Lange spoke about the new ground-breaking kidney stone research that has been happening at VGH. Near the end of the Webinar, we held a Q&A session where many of the participants’ questions were answered by the clinicians. Although we hold patient information events annually, our team decided to take our event online through Zoom due to COVID19. Through this event, the Stone Centre team wants to foster a sense of community between the Clinicians, Researchers and Stone Patients so that no patient feels helpless or alone in their fight against kidney stones.
Join us on Tuesday September 22nd at 5:00-7:00PM to learn more about kidney stone-related topics and research on our Stone Centre Patient Information Webinar. This webinar will be hosted by various clinician who works with kidney stone patients on a daily basis to better their quality-of-life, and improve the health of those with kidney stones.
We will be discussing relevant topics (diets, imaging, stone surgery) related to kidney stones, our current state-of-the art research, and will also have a Q&A session where the panelists can answer questions you may have. Please find the schedule, and Zoom link below.
The schedule for the Webinar:
Sep.22 , 2020 5:00pm-7:00pm
5:00pm Introduction to the Stone Centre at VGH
Dr. Ben Chew, Urologist
5:05-5:25pm Nephrology and Stones
Dr. Nadia Zalunardo, Nephrologist
5:25-5:45pm Kidney Stone Prevention Diet
Ms. Judith Andrews, Dietitian
Ms. Lynn Tomita, Dietitian
5:45-6:10pm How often should I get x-rays? What type of x-ray? What should I do about a small stone left behind?
Dr. Ben Chew, Urologist
6:10-6:40pm Cutting Edge Research at the Stone Centre at VGH
In light of the COVID-19 concerns, we are going to cancel the 2020 Patient Information night and will determine at a later date if we will have one this year. With all of the medical concerns regarding this pandemic, we feel this is the socially responsible thing to do. Thank you for your understanding and please adhere to the public health officer’s recommendations on how to keep our citizens, city and country safe.
Elliya’s talk presented at the Vancouver Coast Health Research Institute’s 2017 Research Medicine Expo at Vancouver General Hospital – “Erythropoietin Signalling After Ureteral Obstruction” won Best Speaker Award!
Elliya Park is a master’s student at the Stone Centre Laboratory who work s under the supervision of Dr. Dirk Lange of Urologic Sciences. Her research at the Stone Centre focuses on erythropoietin signalling after ureteral obstruction. This research has many implications in urologic medicine with respect to recovery of the ureter after it is obstructed (in particular by kidney stones).
The Stone Centre’s 4th Annual Patient Engagement Event: “Shattering Stones – Which Treatment is Best for Me?” was another successful night in what has become a cornerstone event for the Stone Centre team and it’s patients.
The main goal of this year’s event was to educate the general community on kidney stones and in particular the treatments available for kidney stones. By educating patients on the various treatment options, the Stone Centre team wants to promote healthy and knowledgeable decision making with respect to stone disease, as well as to minimize any confusion or misunderstanding about stones. Additionally, the Stone Centre team wants to foster a sense of community between the Urologists, Researchers and Stone Patients so that no patient feels helpless or alone in their fight against kidney stones.
The event is non-profit, and is sponsored by community donors that graciously provide us with the venue, refreshments, snacks, and door prizes. We collaborate with both Vancouver Coastal Health as well as the VGH Foundation many months in advance in order to organize and provide the best event possible for our patients.
This year’s event started with a presentation on the different treatment options that the Stone Centre has to offer as explained by Urologists Dr. Ben Chew and Dr. Ryan Paterson. This presentation also included an interactive discussion with a group of 4 patient panelists that had undergone the different treatments. The patient panelists offered their unique perspectives on the treatments they had experienced, including the factors that influenced them in making their decision. This combination of information presentation and discussion was the first of its kind at this event. The discussion between the Urologists and Patient Panel was well received and provided guests with both a professional and patient perspective on different treatments as well as the various pros and cons of each treatment. (If you would like to see the animations that were shown during the presentations of each treatment please click HERE to visit our treatment options page.)
Following this presentation, Dr. Dirk Lange, the director of Basic Science at the Stone Centre, presented on the various clinical projects that are ongoing at the Stone Centre. This included interesting information on the prevalence and role of antibiotics during stone treatment surgery, in particular for infection stones (struvite) which the Stone Centre is the first to conduct. This presentation also touched on the sensitive topic of antibiotic misuse. One of the goals of the Stone Centre’s research is to determine effective, efficient and appropriate antibiotic regimes to prevent misuse and promote health and well being. (For more info on any of our antibiotics study, please click HERE to visit our active clinical trials page).
The presentation portion of the event ended with a question and answer period. Guests were invited to submit questions on slips of paper that were then answered by Dr.’s Chew, Paterson Lange and the patient panel. Raffle prizes were drawn which concluded the formal presentation portion of the event. The last half hour of the event featured a mingling session in the lobby of the Paetzold auditorium with light refreshments and snacks provided. The whole Stone Centre team from both the clinical and laboratory sides were available to answer questions from any of the guests. The Stone Centre’s dietitians – Judith Andrews and Lynn Tomita – were also available to answer the many questions about diet, prevention and stone disease.
If you would like to get involved in the Stone Centre’s ongoing research, or if you would like to get involved with the Stone Centre as a volunteer please visit our CONTACT US page where you get can in touch with us through either email or phone. If you took home a study package at the event and have any questions please feel free to contact us as well.
The Stone Centre is always looking for ways to improve its quality of care and research. If you would like to contribute an idea, or have feedback regarding the event please send us an email as well.
Thanks and Contributions:
A big thank you to the VGH Foundation for their help in organizing the event, printing materials, social media presence and helping with setup and takedown!
A big thank you to our sponsors this year who provided the snacks, refreshments and raffle draw prizes!
We look forward to seeing you all again at our next event!
Dr. Ben Chew has been teaching undergraduate medical students in hands on clinical settings since he joined the Department of Urologic Sciences. He has been an integral part of the Department of Urologic Sciences and its teaching program. Dr. Chew’s enthusiasm for teaching has inspired and helped many students along their career path. This year we congratulate him for being recognized as the 2016 Undergraduate Teacher of the Year! An award that is decided upon by the medical students rotating through urology who have had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Chew.
The Stone Centre’s third annual patient engagement night – Kidney Stones: The Latest on Prevention, Treatment and Research was another successful educational event! The goal of our event was to pass on information to the kidney stone patient community through educational talks and presentations from the Stone Centre’s urologists, researchers and dietitians.
The night began with a presentation from Dr. Ben Chew regarding metabolic syndrome and kidney stones. Dr. Chew then discussed the various dietary options that have been clinically proven to reduce the risk of stone disease.
This presentation was followed by talks from dietitians Judith Andrews and Lynn Tomita. They continued with the theme of dietary advice and went into thorough recommendations for fluids, sodium, fruit and vegetables, protein oxalate and calcium.
Dr. Chew and the dietitians then had an engaging back and forth discussion regarding some of the finer points of dietary oxalate recommendations.
Dr. Dirk Lange, the director of basic science research at the Stone Centre, was the final presenter for the night. He went over the ongoing and future research that is being conducted by the Stone Centre laboratory team.
This event was made possible through contributions from many different people and organizations.
We would like to thank the Stone Centre laboratory research team for their outstanding efforts in research as well as for their help in setting up the event. If you saw them at the event, the lab team was busy answering your questions regarding research and stone prevention!
We would also like to thank the VGH Foundation; specifically Joey Cheung, Tim Staunton and Nathania Lo for their help in organizing and setting up the event.
A big thank you to the Stone Centre Advisory Group – who volunteered their time to ensure that we were answering questions and covering content that is relevant to patient needs. Their contributions played a huge part in the success of the night event.
Also, thank you to our charitable sponsors for providing food, refreshments and prizes!