Kidney stones, which affect about 10% of Americans, can be an agonizing condition. Kidney stone disease can develop when urine contains unusually high levels of minerals and salts. Family history, as well as certain medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, or bowel disease can increase a patient’s risk of developing a kidney stone. Yale Medicine Urology is a leader in providing the highest quality care for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney stones.
Our clinicians offer minimally invasive, state-of-the-art treatments. These include laser therapy, endoscopic surgery, or the delivery of energy (“shockwaves” or lithotripsy) to break up stones.
Because there is a high chance of recurrent kidney stones—up to 50%—ours is one of the few programs in the country that also focuses on stone prevention. A team of urologists, nephrologists, and nutritionists will work with each patient, recommending individualized strategies, such as healthy dietary changes, that can help keep stones from developing in the future.