Kidney Stone Removal

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Kidney stones that won’t pass on their own may require medical assistance. At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), you’re in caring, capable hands. Our urology specialists are highly skilled in the latest kidney stone treatments, including recent advances in laser surgery to correct complex cases.

Need Immediate Care?
For emergency services, call 911.

For non-emergency walk-in care, try an ExpressCARE location.
Need help scheduling or have a question?
Call 888-402-LVHN (5846).

If you think you may have a kidney stone, we can help. While most kidney stones pass on their own, larger masses require specialized care from urology experts.

At LVHN, we offer a wide range of kidney stone removal treatments, from pain relief medication to complex surgery using robotics technology. We help you feel better today while offering prevention tips so you can avoid more kidney stones in the future.  

Kidney stone removal treatments

Your provider will consider your symptoms and test results before talking to you about your treatment options. Based on your circumstances, your provider may recommend:

Medication or fluids

Your doctor may give you medication to relieve your discomfort. You may be asked to drink extra fluids, which can help your body push out the stone.

Laser ureteroscopy

If a stone won’t pass on its own, laser kidney stone removal offers multiple advantages. In this procedure, your doctor can see the stone while breaking it up and is able to remove it at the same time.

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

For this procedure, sound waves are applied to the skin to break a kidney stone into small pieces. That way, it can easily pass through the bladder.

Surgery for complex cases

If more complicated kidney stone removal surgery is necessary, LVHN’s urology specialists have expertise in minimally invasive, open and even robotic techniques. We are experienced in performing the latest types of kidney stone removal surgeries and can address highly complex cases.

One example, The MOSES™ system, allows our providers to offer outpatient stone surgery to patients who otherwise would need more invasive surgery. This systems makes the stone fragments much smaller and the patient is able to pass them easily, thus patients do not need an overnight stay in the hospital. Learn more in the video below:

Learn more about the MOSES system for kidney stone treatment.

LVHN: The right choice for kidney stone removal

People choose us for kidney stone removal because of our:

Urologic expertise

Our providers treat more people with kidney stones than other hospitals in the area. This volume gives our team uncommon expertise in treating both routine and complex cases of kidney and bladder stones.

Wide range of treatment options

We offer noninvasive, less-invasive and traditional routes to successful kidney stone removal. One of these leading-edge procedures uses a tiny incision and sound waves to break up a stone. Another uses a thin viewing instrument (uteroscope) that passes through the urethra. We recommend the treatment approach that best fits your needs.

Access and convenience

Our urologic surgeons practice at multiple locations across our network. We can often accommodate next-day appointments.

Focus on prevention

Our goal is to treat your immediate problem while finding the reason a stone developed in the first place. With this detail, we come up with a personalized plan of diet and lifestyle strategies to help you avoid future kidney stones.

Patient satisfaction

Smaller (or no) incisions during surgery mean you can go home soon after your procedure – sometimes the same day.

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