Kidney Stones: Advanced Treatment
Our specialists with the UCI Health Kidney Stone Center have extensive experience in the treatment and management of complex kidney stone disease.
Our urologists are renowned for developing many of the minimally invasive technologies and methods that are widely used today to manage complex kidney stone disease. This allows our surgeons to treat patients for all aspects of kidney stone disease without the need for open surgery.
These technologies include:
- Ureteral access sheaths
- Prone cystoscopy
- Endoscopic-guided nephrostomy track creation
- Focused ultrasound shockwave targeting with the Dornier Gemini lithotripsy system.
Ultrasound to detect and destroy
One successful treatment method is percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), which combines ultrasound guidance with a ureterscope, a device used to examine the inside of the urinary tract. This unique application of direct vision and novel ultrasound technologies allows our experienced urologists to remove or destroy very large and complex stones safely and effectively.
We also have advanced operating suites designed specifically for minimally invasive kidney stone treatments. Ceiling-mounted, multi-screen booms give surgeons simultaneous views of fluoroscopic monitors and high-definition images from the ureterscope to ensure precision and safety.
Metabolic evaluation for stone prevention
After treatment to remove or destroy the stones, our kidney specialists work with you to prevent a recurrence.
All patients with complex stone disease undergo a comprehensive evaluation, including 24-hour urine and serum metabolic evaluations. The results allow us to help our patients minimize or prevent development of future stones by optimizing diet, adding vitamin supplements and occasional medical therapy.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 714-456-7005.