Kidney Stone Management
At the UC Irvine Health Center for
Urological Care, we have extensive experience in the treatment and management of
complex kidney stone disease.
UC Irvine Health urologists developed many of the
minimally invasive technologies and
methods that are widely used today to manage complex
kidney stone disease. They have enabled our surgeons
to treat patients with all aspects of kidney stone
disease for more than 20 years without
the need for open surgery.
These technologies include:
- Ureteral access sheaths
- Prone cystoscopy
- Endoscopic-guided nephrostomy track creation
- Ultrasound targeting
One successful treatment method is percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL), which involves the use of a ureterscope combined with ultrasound guidance. This unique application of direct endoscopic vision and novel ultrasound technologies allows our experienced urologists to remove or destroy very large and complex stones safely and effectively.
The Center for Urological Care also is equipped with advanced operating suites designed specifically for minimally invasive stone treatments. Ceiling-mounted,
multi-screen booms give surgeons simultaneous views of fluoroscopic monitors
and high-definition images from the ureterscope to ensure precision and safety.
Metabolic evaluation for stone prevention
After treatment to remove or destroy the stones, our urologists work with you to prevent a recurrence.
All patients with complex stone disease undergo a comprehensive metabolic evaluation, including 24-hour urine and serum metabolic evaluations. The results allow our experts to help guide patients by optimizing diet, vitamin supplements and occasional medical therapy to minimize or prevent development of future stones.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 714-292-9716.