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What procedures help treat kidney stones?

Shock-wave lithotripsy is a noninvasive procedure that uses high-energy sound waves to blast kidney stones into fragments that are then more easily passed out in the urine. In ureteroscopy, an endoscope is inserted through the ureter to retrieve or obliterate the stone. Rarely, for very large or complicated stones, doctors will perform a surgical procedure called nephrolithotomy or nephrolithotripsy which involves entering the kidney through a small incision in the back to insert a miniature fiberoptic camera and other small instruments  to either remove the stone or break it up.
Learn about the various options for treating kidney stones, from letting a kidney stone pass on its own, to surgical intervention. Watch this video with urologist Kyle Himsl, MD from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.

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