Kidney Stone Treatments: Surgery

For Patients

If you suspect you have stones, visit your primary care provider or urologist.

If you've been diagnosed with stones and would like to be seen in the Metabolic Stone Clinic, please call (608) 263-4757.

Medical management is an effective means by which to reduce the risk of future stone formation. Medical management incorporates observation, pharmacologic therapy, nutrition therapy, surgery or a combination of all of them.
Surgical techniques are listed below.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)
This technique uses sound waves (also called shock waves) to break a kidney stone into very small pieces that can more easily travel through the urinary tract and out of the body. Read more
Ureteroscopy (URS)
The URS may be done if the kidney stone is too large for ESWL or has become lodged in the ureter. The URS is considered for individuals who have previously had ESWL but whose stones were not completely removed. Read more
Percutaneous Nephrostolithotomy or Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
This approach is an alternative to a ureteroscopy. With a PCNL procedure, the urologist makes a one-centimeter incision in the back or side of the abdomen. A nephroscope is passed through the incision to the stone location. Read more