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Kidney Stone Treatment

Treatment depends on the size and location of the kidney stone.  Drinking plenty of water and taking some medicines can help a small stone pass more easily. 

For problem stones, there may be a few other treatment options:

  • ESWL (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy) uses shock waves to break a large stone into smaller pieces that can pass.
  • Ureteroscopic stone removal uses a small tool to remove stones stuck in the ureters.
    Percutaneous nephrolithotomy uses surgery to remove large stones from the kidneys.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about these treatments.

If you have had kidney stones before, you are more likely to have kidney stones again.  To help kidney stones from forming, try to:

  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day
  • Eat less salt (sodium), meat and eggs
  • Find out what type of stone you have
  • Ask your doctor for a urine test
  • Talk to your doctor about your medicines and other tests for kidney stones

Do NOT reduce the calcium in your diet without talking to your doctor first!  Studies show that limiting calcium in your diet may not stop kidney stones from forming and may harm your bones.

Learn More

Kidney stone symptoms

Types of kidney stones

General information about kidney stones

Learn more about how your kidneys work

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