According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearing House, nearly three million people visit health care providers and more than half a million people visit emergency rooms for kidney stone problems.
Many of these patients also suffer from recurrent or complex kidney stones that are often debilitating. In these cases, surgical procedures may be an option.
The majority of such kidney stones, depending on their size and location, can be removed with minimally invasive techniques, such as shockwave 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.
Join us for a live chat with Cleveland Clinic specialists who will discuss your questions and concerns about kidney stones.
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