Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)

 

The treatment of patients with kidney stones has changed significantly during the last 10-15 years. The three main treatment options are:

 

  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) Ureteroscopy with laser fragmentation of stones
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy


Treatment must be tailored to the individual patient based on a variety of factors including the size and location of the stone, the symptoms caused by the stone and patient's overall medical condition. At the University of Chicago, we offer a comprehensive approach for patients with kidney stones that not only includes the latest technology available for treatment, but also includes prevention of stone formation. Working with Dr. Fredric Coe, a world renowned expert in stone formation and prevention, we can tailor a plan for you to avoid the re-development of stones following treatment.

 

We are also actively involved in research efforts to learn more about why stones form and how they might damage the kidneys. This research is being conducted in patients as well as in the laboratory, using a variety of animal models of stone formation.

 

For further information, please visit The Kidney Stone Management Page