Stone Disease (Kidney Stone) Treatment

When a kidney stone gets lodged inside your body and causes sharp pains, it’s time to see your physician — even if the stone might eventually pass on its own. At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), we can help.

Our urologists offer coordinated, convenient urology care that you can find at several locations throughout the tri-state area. Our streamlined care approach ensures you receive a full evaluation quickly and a treatment plan that’s just right for you.

Our high-quality, coordinated kidney stone care

At AHN, you have access to urologists who have helped hundreds of men and women find relief from kidney or bladder stones (stones that are found in the bladder). This condition is also called stone disease. People choose us for stone disease care because of our:

  • Urology expertise: Our urology physicians are board-certified, which means they have received extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions like kidney stones. Several of our specialists are also fellowship-trained, which helps them effectively care for complex cases of stone disease.
  • Team mindset: Our team approach to urology means you have different types of clinicians who work together on your care. Your team may include urologists and advanced practice providers (such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants). They have all received urology training and use it to streamline diagnoses and treatments. 
  • Personalized treatment plans: Our urology practices offer a range of medical and surgical treatment options. We’ll tailor a plan to provide relief for your immediate symptoms that takes into account your needs and circumstances. 
  • Kidney stone prevention guidance: We work closely with nephrologists, who provide personalized diet tips for how to prevent kidney stones in the future. Learn more about kidney stone prevention.
  • Convenience: Relief from kidney stone pain is never far when you’re within our network. At AHN, you can choose from several hospital-based and outpatient urology locations that span the tri-state area.

Kidney stone diagnosis and treatment

Your physician will do a thorough physical exam before recommending whether your symptoms need more testing.

Physicians often diagnose kidney or bladder stones with urine or blood tests. X-rays and advanced imaging can give your physician important information on a stone’s location or size. This information can help determine the right treatment for you.

At AHN, different types of urology clinicians may work together on your care. This approach helps us offer you the treatment plan that’s most effective for your circumstances.

Less severe stones may require only pain medication to manage symptoms until your body passes the stone naturally. For more complex cases, surgery may be necessary to dislodge or remove a stone. Many of our urology physicians are skilled in using sophisticated robotics technology and tiny incisions to remove large or otherwise difficult-to-pass stones. This type of less invasive surgery means fewer risks and a shorter recovery for you.

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 or request an appointment to learn more about AHN kidney stone services.