Kidney stones cause debilitating pain in both men and women. Each year in the United States, people make more than a million visits to health care providers and more than 300,000 people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems. It is important to not only understand the symptoms and treatment options for kidney stones, but also the best ways to prevent them from recurring.
Many people also suffer from recurrent or complex kidney stones that are often debilitating to their lives. The majority of these kidney stones, depending on their size and location, can be removed with minimally invasive techniques such as shock wave lithotripsy (SWL), ureteroscopy, or percutaneous surgery. SWL is a relatively non-invasive procedure that uses targeted shock waves to break stones into tiny pieces that are passed naturally in the urine. Additionally, it is important to know what is causing the stones and how to prevent them from recurring.
We encourage you to attend our chat to ask kidney stones specialists, Juan Calle, MD, and Sri Sivalingam, MD, about treatment options for kidney stones and the best ways to prevent them.
Juan Calle-Cano, MD is co-director of Cleveland Clinic’s Kidney Stone Clinic and an associate staff physician within Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute’s Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Calle is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology. He completed a fellowship in nephrology and hypertension at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn after a residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach. Dr. Calle completed medical school at the Instituto de Ciencias de la Salud CES in Medelin/Antioquia, Colombia. His specialty interests include kidney stones, hypertension and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Calle sees patients at Cleveland Clinic main campus.
Sri Sivalingam, MD is an associate staff physician within Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute’s Department of Urology. Dr. Sivalingam completed a fellowship in endourology and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison after a residency in urology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He completed medical school at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Sivalingam’s specialty interests include endourology and urinary stone disease and minimally invasive surgery. He currently sees patients at Cleveland Clinic main campus, Hillcrest Hospital and Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center.
Both physicians are part of Cleveland Clinic’s Kidney Stone Clinic, a unique collaborative effort within nephrology and urology for the management of patients with kidney stones.
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Calle or Dr. Sivalingam, or any of our other kidney stone specialists in the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, please call 800.223.2273 or request an appointment online by visiting www.clevelandclinic.org/appointments.