Kidney Stone Care at St. Jude
Comprehensive, multidisciplinary—and convenient
At the St. Jude Kidney Stone Center, our entire focus is diagnosing kidney
stones quickly, treating them successfully and preventing them from recurring.
Our experienced team includes board-certified urologists with specific
expertise in nonsurgical and minimally-invasive treatment, as well as
board-certified nephrologists who specialize in the causes and prevention
of this painful condition. Our holistic, multidisciplinary approach also
includes a nutritionist, who works hand-in-hand with patients on a personalized
plan to help make their first kidney stone their last.
To make an appointment with one of our specialists, please call
(714) 992-3000 ext. 2055.
Because we offer the full range of medical, surgical and nutritional therapies,
our patients benefit from individualized care.
Our urologists are experts in less invasive and nonsurgical techniques,
allowing many kidney stones to be treated as a simple outpatient procedure.
In addition to using focused sound waves or lasers to safely break apart
larger stones, our specialists routinely treat and remove kidney stones
through the urinary tract—eliminating the need for an incision.
If surgery is needed, our urologists can remove stones through small, half-inch
incisions, allowing a much faster, more comfortable recovery. We also
bring a unique expertise to complex cases, including the use of robotic
surgery to allow stone removal and reconstruction in one minimally-invasive
Prevention is the Best Medicine
Most kidney stone patients will develop another one, making prevention—including
metabolic evaluation to help identify the source of the problem—an
important part of our care.
Through urine, blood and stone analysis, we can identify potential causes
of kidney stone formation, allowing a more successful and individualized
approach to preventing future stones. Simple nutritional changes can have
a dramatic impact on avoiding stone formation and our certified dietitian
can help you create an effective strategy for your health and lifestyle.
Kidney Stones Are on the Rise
While a kidney stone has long been considered one of the most painful conditions,
it is quickly also becoming one of the most common. One in 10 Americans
will develop these solid concentrations of minerals in the kidneys.
Urine normally contains chemicals that prevent these small crystals from
forming and most remain small enough to travel through the urinary tract
unnoticed. But when these pebble-like masses continue to grow, the result
can be a painful and dangerous blockage in the urinary tract, the ureter
(the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder), and in the kidney itself.
Symptoms can include severe back or abdominal pain; blood in the urine;
nausea or vomiting; cloudy, foul-smelling urine; and infection (often
causing fever, chills or weakness).