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.