kidney stone surgery
As an alternative to surgery for kidney stones, St. Francis offers lithotripsy. This outpatient procedure uses soundwaves to break kidney stones into tiny pieces so they can exit the body along with urine. The treatment lasts about an hour, and most patients can return to work the following day. Kidney stones can be removed with cystoscopy, a minimally invasive, telescopic procedure for viewing the bladder, urethra and pelvis of the kidneys.