Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) - UCI Kidney Stone Center

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) is one of the most common treatments for kidney stones. High-energy shock waves are directed at a kidney stone, causing it to break apart.
Laser Lithotripsy - UCI Kidney Stone Center

Laser Lithotripsy

With Laser Lithotripsy, a laser is used to break stones into very small pieces. The pieces can then be removed during the same procedure or pass out of the body through urine.
Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) - UCI Kidney Stone Center

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is the surgical removal of kidney stones through a minimally invasive approach. It's often used for larger or irregularly shaped stones.
Ureteroscopy - UCI Kidney Stone Center


Ureteroscopy utilizes a small scope to provide visibility to the ureter and remove stones that are close to the bladder. The stone can be removed with a small basket or fragmented with a laser..