Most of the time, kidney stones will pass naturally, but sometimes they are too large to pass without treatment. There are four main surgical treatments for kidney stones that may be recommended. These include:

  • Ureteroscopy
  • Shock wave lithotripsy
  • Open surgery
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy or percutaneous nephrolithotripsy

Talk to your physician about your symptoms and what your concerns are. Once you have discussed what you are experiencing, you can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure to see which one will be right for you.