Kidney stones are sometimes too large to pass through the body, even after medicines and shock wave treatments. Surgery gives your doctor the option of removing large stones through your back, through a small tube in your urethra, or with endoscopic surgery. These procedures are sometimes used to break up stones into smaller pieces.
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Arthur Crowley, Urology, answered
A doctor will recommend surgery to treat kidney stones when they are associated with continued growth, infection, obstruction (blockage) or pain. The intent is to prevent sepsis (bacteria in the blood stream) or loss of kidney function.
The primary surgical treatment options for kidney stones are extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL), ureteroscopy, and percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL).