If you have had one or more painful kidney stones, you know how important preventing them is. Our Cleveland Clinic caregivers, through blood tests and analysis of your urine, can determine the causes of your stone formation and provide a treatment plan to help prevent another episode.
We tailor kidney stone prevention and treatment strategies to provide you with a better understanding of why stones develop and what changes you can make to prevent them in the future. We work with you to develop dietary and life-style modifications and medication recommendations that will lower your risk of future kidney stones.
Although surgery is an option for treatment, not all kidney stones require surgery, and we first consider observation and stone passage when appropriate. Our skilled surgeons may perform minimally invasive procedures such as cystolithopaxy, Holmium laser lithotripsy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) or a ureteroscopy. Autotransplant surgical intervention is an option for patients experiencing chronic kidney pain in extreme or severe cases.
Our Kidney Stone Clinic is the busiest in the United States, performing more than 1,000 kidney stone surgeries each year. We work with providers throughout Cleveland Clinic and within the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute to evaluate and treat anyone who is predisposed to kidney stones, for example, those with gastrointestinal or metabolic disorders or who have had bariatric surgery. Our researchers are engaged in developing new devices and techniques with the goals of improving safety and reducing your discomfort.
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