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What type of treatment for kidney stone?
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In brief: Three Main Kinds
The size of the stone, whether it is symptomatic, infected or located in the ureter help determine if treatment is needed, as well as what approach.
Stones in the kidney >2.5 CM usually need surgery through a keyhole incision in the back (pcnl). Smaller stones (but >4 mm) in the kidney may need eswl(sound waves) or a direct look through the ureter (ureteroscopy) with laser break up. Ask your md.

In brief: Three Main Kinds
The size of the stone, whether it is symptomatic, infected or located in the ureter help determine if treatment is needed, as well as what approach.
Stones in the kidney >2.5 CM usually need surgery through a keyhole incision in the back (pcnl). Smaller stones (but >4 mm) in the kidney may need eswl(sound waves) or a direct look through the ureter (ureteroscopy) with laser break up. Ask your md.
Dr. Robert Donato
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In brief: Various
Depends on one's symptoms.
Ultrasound techniques can break them, other stones are left alone if not causing problems. Some invasive urology procedures are performed if the stone is blocking the ureter tube.

In brief: Various
Depends on one's symptoms.
Ultrasound techniques can break them, other stones are left alone if not causing problems. Some invasive urology procedures are performed if the stone is blocking the ureter tube.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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