What is the best treatment for staghorn kidney stones?

The best treatment for staghorn kidney stones is through percutaneous nephrolithotomy, suggests Rishi Modh, MD, of St. Petersburg General Hospital. Watch this video to learn more.

Staghorn stones are large, branched stones occupying a large volume of the kidneys. The most effective treatment option is percutaneous nephrolithotomy, where the urologist inserts a scope directly into the kidney via a 1/2 inch tract made in your flank. Open surgery for kidney stones is strongly discouraged and reserved for only very rare cases with a very large stone burden or very unusual anatomy.

In some cases, the stone is made of uric acid, and in these cases, medications alone may help dissolve the stone and one can avoid surgery.

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