Kidney Stone Treatment Center

The treatment of stones requiring surgical intervention has evolved greatly in recent years. Laparascopic techniques, which use miniature instruments and imaging equipment, have revolutionized kidney stone treatment and allow specialists to crush or remove stones using minimally invasive techniques. The Kidney Stone Treatment Center within the UCLA Department of Urology offers the latest treatments for kidney stones with success rates well above the national average. The center offers state-of-the-art care for kidney stones including: Non-invasive extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) – Involves the use of sound waves to crush the kidney stone into smaller pieces so they can more easily pass into the bladder. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy or lithotripsy – Uses laparascopic techniques to either remove or break up the stone Ureteroscopy – Involves passing a very thin scope up into the urinary tract, allowing specialists to use instruments to remove or break up the stone. Ureteral stents may also be used in some instances to keep the ureter open and allow passage of any stone particles. The center uses the latest advances in lithotripter intrarenal, intraureteral, and minimally invasive surgery. UCLA has a reputation for successful management of difficult stones, achieving an 89 percent stone-free rate after surgery, compared to the national average of 73 percent.

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