The Center for Endourology and Stone Disease is located within the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. Through a multidisciplinary approach, urologists and nephrologists explore medical and surgical treatment options to ensure the most successful possible outcome for each patient. Our program is the busiest in the United States, performing more than 1,000 kidney stone surgeries each year.
Our team is also doing cutting edge research into the causes and prevention of stones as well as developing innovative devices and techniques with the goals of improving patient safety and decreasing patient discomfort.
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Experienced urologists and nephrologists investigate the causes of kidney stone formation through 24-hour urine analyses and blood tests. Based upon the results, patients receive dietary, life style modification and medication recommendations according to their results, type of kidney stone and other associated medical issues.
While surgery is an option for treatment, not all kidney stones require surgery. Observation and stone passage are considered first when appropriate. However; if surgical intervention is required, 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/severe cases.
Our kidney stone specialists also develop prevention strategies tailored to each patient. These treatment plans provide our patients with a better understanding of why kidney stones develop and what changes they can make to prevent them. Tailored treatment includes lifestyle modifications, diet and potentially medications to prevent stone disease.
The Kidney Stone Clinic partners with other Cleveland Clinic departments to evaluate and treat individuals who are predisposed to kidney stones, such as patients with gastrointestinal disorders, metabolic disorders and bariatric patients.
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