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Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are a common and painful condition caused by crystals forming in the urinary tract. Stones can block the flow of urine in the kidney, ureter or bladder.

Our urologists can diagnose and treat kidney stones and also discuss lifestyle and dietary changes to lessen the chances of recurrence. For large or stubborn stones, surgery may be required. Our urologists are highly trained in the latest procedures for kidney stone removal including extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, a noninvasive procedure that uses shock waves to break up the stone, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, a minimally invasive surgery to remove the stones through a tiny incision, and ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy, shock wave treatment done with a scope.