Our kidney stone and endourology experts provide comprehensive and advanced surgical options for an entire range of kidney and ureteral diseases, including kidney and ureteral stones, and ureteral strictures and obstruction. Patients benefit from a complete spectrum of urologic endoscopic technology and techniques, as well as access to the latest equipment. Our experts are tremendously experienced in the treatment of patients with endourologic conditions, from the most straightforward to the most complex cases.
Keck Medicine of USC urologists offer various approaches for surgical stone treatment. These include extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, which offers the fastest recovery of these options; ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy for treatment of stones without incisions, which has the highest success rate; and percutaneous nephrolithotripsy renal surgery for patients with large stones or complex congenital abnormalities. For patients with ureteral stricture disease or obstruction, we offer state-of-the-art endoscopic and robotic approaches for reconstructive surgery with faster recovery.
Kidney Stone Prevention
Kidney stones affect up to 10 percent of men and 5 percent of women, and are a source of significant pain and lost time from work, school and other important life activities. They can be caused by dehydration, dietary factors and certain medical conditions. Without preventive treatment, patients with stones have a 50 percent chance of developing stones in the future.
Our comprehensive stone therapy program is one of the largest and most experienced in Southern California. Our physicians are recognized experts in creating innovative, personalized medical treatments for various types of stone disease. At Keck Medicine of USC, we believe in treating not only the problem at hand, but also in determining the underlying cause of stone development to reduce the occurrence of future stones. Prevention through a comprehensive evaluation, dietary changes and, in some patients, pharmaceutical therapy is used to improve and maintain the overall renal health of our patients.