What’s the best way to treat kidney stones?
The treatment of kidney stones basically depends upon its size, location and composition. Keeping your body hydrated and taking certain medicines can help a small stone pass easily. However, for problem stones, there are certain other treatment options:
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy or ESWL is a process that makes use of shock (sound) waves to break or disintegrate a large kidney stone into tiny fragments so that it can easily pass out of the body through the urine.
Ureteroscopic Stone Removal (URS) uses a small telescope with a laser to crush stones stuck in the ureters.
Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL, PNL) is a endoscopic surgical procedure that is used to remove large stones from the kidneys.