UCLA's Stone Treatment Center, an integrated program between UCLA Urology and UCLA Nephrology, is a multidisciplinary program offering compassionate care and the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments for kidney stones, with success rates well above the national average. The UCLA Stone Treatment Center began in 1985 and was the first on the west coast to accomplish the removal of kidney stones non-surgically with a lithotripter. UCLA has a long-held team approach to treating kidney stones that includes a diverse group of healthcare professionals including urologists, nephrologists, radiologists, researchers, clinical nurse specialists, nutritionists and laboratory technicians that allows for specialized perspectives for deciding upon the best option for each individual patient.
On Tues, January 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM PDT, UCLA urologist Caroline Wallner, MD, presented a live-streaming webinar to discuss what causes urinary stones, symptoms, how stones are imaged, what stones are made of, how stones are treated depending on location, size, and composition, and how to prevent future stones.
A kidney stone is a solid concretion of minerals that forms in a kidney. Kidney stones vary in size and may stay in the kidney or travel down the urinary tract. Urinary stone disease is one of the most common urological conditions in the United States and throughout the world. Stones can result from a variety of medical and urologic conditions, and may develop in the kidney, ureter, and bladder. The prevalence of kidney stones has been on the rise in recent years.
New research at UCLA shows that 1 in 10 American men and 1 in 14 women has had a kidney stone. According to Urologic Diseases in America, kidney stones are one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract. Each year in the United States, people make more than a million visits to health care providers and more than 300,000 people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems.
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