Minimally Invasive Kidney Stone Therapy

Modern techniques have allowed specialty trained urologists to treat most kidney stones without surgical incisions. Shockwave lithotripsy utilizes precisely delivered shockwaves that travel directly into the kidney stones. Most stones can be completely fragmented through this relatively painless procedure. The fragmented stones then pass through the urinary system and out the bladder.

Ureteroscopy utilizing lasers can also be used to treat kidney stones. Ureteroscopy in a surgical procedure, in which a tiny scope is passed up the bladder towards the kidney. Kidney stones are isolated then fragmented using a laser via a small fiber passed through the ureteroscope. Success rates for Ureteroscopy can exceed 90% in many circumstances.