What are the treatment options for kidney stones at UCLA?
When kidney stones don't pass by themselves, there are several treatment options. At UCLA's Stone Treatment Center – offering services at both our Westwood and Santa Monica facilities – we offer state-of-the-art minimally invasive care for kidney stones including:
UCLA's Stone Treatment Center has state-of-the-art operating rooms built in 2012 that are equipped with the latest and most advanced technology including ultra-thin flexible and rigid ureteroscopes, high depth digital imaging, and a variety of lasers including Holmium, Nd:Yag, and Greenlight PVP. UCLA’s fellowship trained specialists are experienced, performing high volume caseloads five days each week. As a result, UCLA has a reputation for successful management of difficult stones, achieving a higher stone-free rate after surgery compared to the national average. 95% of our patients are able to go home within an hour or two after surgery.
Are there prevention programs for kidney stones?
UCLA's Stone Treatment Center concentrates not only on the treatment of kidney stones, but also on prevention once the initial stone is removed. The center’s comprehensive approach includes medical therapy and management under the guidance of UCLA Nephrologist Dr. James Wilson. At UCLA we have a commitment to 24-hour urines and metabolic work-up to prevent future recurrences. We also provide dietary counseling for appropriate diet and nutrition planning to prevent a recurrence of kidney stones.
One of the best preventative measures against kidney stones is proper fluid intake. Drinking enough fluids each day (6 - 8 glasses) is the best way to help prevent most types of kidney stones. Drinking plenty of water is best. Other prevention recommendations for some, but not all, patients include increasing consumption of calcium-rich food, reducing sodium intake and limiting daily protein intake.
All treatment and prevention recommendations will be determined on an individual basis by our kidney stone management team.