Kidney Stone Removal

Stone Relief Center -  - Kidney Stone Specialist

Stone Relief Center

Kidney Stone Specialist located in The Woodlands, TX

Kidney stones cause severe pain, but they often pass out of your body through your urine. When you can’t wait for the stone to pass or it gets stuck, you need kidney stone removal performed by the exceptional team at Stone Relief Center in The Woodlands, Texas. As specialists in kidney stone removal, they have extensive experience performing nonsurgical and surgical treatments to remove kidney stones. If you experience ongoing waves of abdominal, back, or groin pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Kidney Stone Removal Q & A


When will I need a procedure to remove kidney stones?

You need a procedure to remove your kidney stones when:

  • The stones fail to naturally pass out of your body
  • Your pain is too severe to wait for the stones to pass
  • The stones block your ureter and affect kidney function
  • Diagnostic imaging shows the stones are too large

Stone Relief Center offers on-site diagnostic imaging to quickly determine the size and location of your stones and decide if you need kidney stone removal.


What nonsurgical option do I have for kidney stone removal?

A nonsurgical procedure called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is one of the most common treatments for kidney stones. ESWL uses pressure waves to crush the stones into tiny pieces, then the stones easily pass through your urinary tract and leave your body.

Stone Relief Center determines if you’re a good candidate for ESWL based on the size and location of the stones, your overall health, and the health of your kidneys. ESWL may not be a good choice for large stones.

Additionally, the procedure uses X-rays and shock waves, so it’s not appropriate for everyone.


What surgical procedures are used for kidney stone removal?

The experienced team at Stone Relief Center removes kidney stones using one of the following procedures:


A ureteroscope is designed to perform minimally invasive surgery in the ureters. The scope contains lighting and a digital camera that provides a magnified view from inside the ureter. Your doctor guides the ureteroscope through the urethral opening and bladder and into the ureter. 

Once the scope reaches the stone, they use a tiny wire basket to remove it. If the stone is too large, they pass a device through the scope that can break up the stone using laser energy. 

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy 

This is a surgical procedure that Stone Relief Center may recommend when your kidney stones are large or irregularly shaped and inside the kidney. Your provider makes a small incision in your back or side, then passes a narrow nephroscope into the center of the kidney.

Depending on the size and location of the stone, your provider uses one of several techniques to break it apart. In many cases, they use ultrasound lithotripsy, which allows tightly controlled destruction of the stone and easy removal of the pieces using suction.

If you develop back or side pain suggestive of kidney stones, call Stone Relief Center or schedule an appointment online.