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Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, pebble-like masses that form in the kidney or urinary tract. Stones form when minerals in the urine (such as calcium) become solid. Kidney stones can cause pain or block the flow of urine.

Duke Regional Hospital's operating room is equipped with a fully integrated cystoscopy suite capable of fluoroscopic imaging and high definition optics.

Duke Regional Hospital offers the following treatments for the removal of kidney stones:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy: Used to remove stones that are located in the kidney or ureter. This method uses ultrasonic waves or shock waves to break up stones. Then, the stones leave the body in the urine.
  • Percutaneous stone removal (nephrolithotomy): Used for large stones in or near the kidney, or when the kidneys or surrounding areas are incorrectly formed. The stone is removed with an endoscope that is inserted into the kidney through a small opening.
  • Laser stone fragmentation
  • Ureteroscopy: May be used for stones in the lower urinary tract.
  • Percutaneous ultrasonic stone fragmentation


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