Surgery is rarely needed to treat kidney stones. Surgery is only needed when the kidney stone is very large, caused by an infection (staghorn calculi), blocking the flow of urine out of the kidney, or causing other problems like severe bleeding.
In open surgery, the surgeon makes a cut in your side or stomach to reach the kidneys. He or she removes the stone.
If your kidney stones were caused by a problem with your parathyroid gland, your doctor may suggest surgery to
remove a parathyroid gland or glands (parathyroidectomy). This can help prevent future kidney stones.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 02, 2013
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