Kidney Stones

Treating and Preventing Kidney Stones

Dr. Seth Bechis explains options for kidney stone treatment and prevention.

UC San Diego Health’s Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center is Southern California’s unparalleled leader in treating, removing and preventing kidney stones. Our kidney stone disease specialists have focused their urologic medical practice on innovative and effective surgical and nonsurgical methods to address this painful condition. We can help.

UC San Diego Health's kidney stone specialists:

Talk to the experts. Call 858-657-7876 for an appointment.

Treatment

The Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center sees hundreds of individuals with kidney stones each year. The expert team uses minimally invasive capabilities – such as advanced imaging technology, robotic surgical procedures, dietary changes and medications.

We also have the most advanced shock wave lithotripsy equipment on-site. This procedure minimizes radiation exposure by utilizing state-of-the-art 3D ultrasound technology.

Treatment Options

Prevention

We aim not only to treat kidney stones but also stop them from developing again. Our goal is for your first stone to be your last stone. Our team determines the cause of the stone in 97 percent of cases, preventing future stones or significantly reducing their rate of recurrence.

Most kidney stones are diet-related, so our registered dietitian works with you to develop dietary changes that reduce future kidney stone formation.

Prevention of Kidney Stones

Clinical Trials

Xray showing staghorn kidney stone

The search to slow or reverse kidney stone formation is the basis of our research at UC San Diego Health. Photo credit: Thomas Deerinck, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research.

As a patient at UC San Diego Health, you have access to the most promising investigational therapies for preventing and treating kidney stones.

Clinical Trials