Surgery is usually needed if the stone is too large to pass on its own, if there are signs that the stone is growing, if the stone is blocking the urine flow, or if it is causing a urinary tract infection or kidney damage.
Today, treatments for stones are much less invasive than in the past. Major surgery is performed in less than 2% of patients.
Stone removal procedures:
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