Kidney Stone Treatment At St. Jude

Convenient and Comprehensive Approach to Kidney Stone Diagnosis and Treatment

At the St. Jude Kidney Stone Center, our entire focus is diagnosing kidney stones quickly, treating them successfully and preventing kidney stones from recurring. We offer patients throughout Orange and L.A. Counties a comprehensive approach to kidney stone treatment.

Our holistic, multi-disciplinary team includes:

  • board-certified urologists with specific expertise in nonsurgical and minimally-invasive treatment of kidney stones
  • board-certified nephrologists who specialize in the causes and prevention of painful kidney stones
  • a nutritionist, who works hand-in-hand with patients on a personalized plan to help prevent recurring kidney stones

To make an appointment with one of our specialists, please call (714) 446-5551.

Kidney Stones in Men and Women 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 American men and 1 in 14 women will develop these solid concentrations of minerals in the kidneys. 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 of kidney stones can include:

  • severe back or abdominal pain
  • blood in the urine
  • nausea or vomiting
  • cloudy, foul-smelling urine
  • infection (often causing fever, chills or weakness)

Advanced Treatment for Kidney Stones

Because we offer the full range of medical, surgical and nutritional therapies, our patients throughout Orange and L.A. counties can benefit from individualized care of kidney stones.

Our urologists are experts in minimally-invasive treatment of kidney stones, often making it a simple outpatient procedure. In addition to using non-surgical techniques like focused sound waves or lasers to safely break apart larger kidney stones, our specialists routinely treat and remove kidney stones through the urinary tract—eliminating the need for an incision.

If surgery for kidney stones is needed, our urologists can:

  • remove stones through small, half-inch incisions, allowing a much faster, more comfortable recovery.
  • address complex cases, including the use of robotic surgery for kidney stone removal and reconstruction in one minimally-invasive procedure.

Prevention of Kidney Stones

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, our experts can identify potential causes of kidney stone formation, allowing a more successful and individualized approach to preventing future kidney 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 Stone Treatment Experts at St. Jude

Eric Tygenhof, MD – Urology

Trained by one of the world’s most respected robotic surgeons, Dr. Tygenhof has a particular interest in robotic kidney-sparing surgery for kidney cancer, robotic prostate removal for cancer, and robotic techniques for benign urologic conditions and diseases. In addition to minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, his training also emphasized urologic prosthetics and reconstruction, female urology, pediatric urology, urologic oncology, and stone disease.

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