Kidney stones are one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract. The CAMC Kidney Stone Center brings expertise and technology together in one convenient location for the treatment and prevention of this painful condition.

What Sets Us Apart

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Rapid follow-up Care for Kidney Stones

CAMC offers an expedited process for patients with kidney stones to provide quicker care along with a follow-up clinic to explore what caused the patient to develop kidney stones in the first place. 

CAMC has a fast-track protocol for kidney stone patients who come to the emergency room but do not need admitted to the hospital. Within 24 hours of initial treatment in the ER, advanced practice providers from CAMC Urology review CT scans and other test results and evaluate the patient to determine whether surgical intervention is necessary. If surgery is needed, the providers will schedule the patient for a procedure as soon as possible. 

If You Have Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are pebble-like objects (not real stones) that are made up of mostly salts and proteins in the body. They form in a kidney and can cause pain when the stone passes out of the kidney, into the ureter (the tube that drains urine from the kidney into the bladder), blocking the flow of urine. 

Some kidney stones are small, and may be unnoticeable. However, they are often painful. 

Symptoms of kidney stones include: 

  • Sharp pain in the back or side, that doesn’t go away. 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Fever and chills 
  • Pain, burning or urgency during urination 
  • Cloudy urine or blood in urine 

If You Are Diagnosed with Kidney Stones

At the Stone Center, patients can see a urologist, nephrologist and dietitian all in one appointment, which is not only convenient for patients, but also provides an integrated approach between physicians to develop the most effective treatment plans. 

Led by urological surgeon and kidney stone specialist Ryan Fitzwater, DO, and nephrologist Julie Haddy, MD, our stone disease specialists have expertise in the latest surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods.  

By combining minimally-invasive stone removal techniques with dietary changes and medications, we focus not only on treating kidney stones, but preventing them from reoccurring. 

Because a kidney stone is usually a sign of an underlying condition that needs corrected, such as a high protein diet or dehydration, doctors at the Kidney Stone Center perform tests to see what may have led to the development of kidney stones and how to decrease the chances of developing more stones in the future. 

Stones that can't be passed and cause persistent pain for a longer period of time might require surgery. Treatment is determined by size of the stone and its location in the urinary tract. 

The two most common procedures for treating kidney stones are shocking, or extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), and ureteroscopy, both of which can be performed as outpatient procedures.  

ESWL involves “blasting” the stone with sound waves to break it into smaller pieces that can pass through the urinary tract.  

During a ureteroscopy, a surgeon inserts a thin, flexible scope into the bladder and ureter to look for kidney stones or other signs of trouble.  

For kidney stones that are too large (usually larger than 2 centimeters), too numerous or too dense to be treated by ESWL or ureteroscopy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL or stone extraction) is minimally-invasive method of removing stones through an incision in the back.