Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are often the result of underlying conditions and illnesses such as cystinuria, dehydration, or hyperparathyroidism.

The majority of small stones are likely to pass spontaneously within 48 hours. However, some stones do not. More complex procedures may be required to remove kidney stones that do not pass.

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our caring and compassionate urologic specialists use state-of-the-art medical resources to provide diagnostic examinations and effective treatments for patients with kidney, ureteral, and bladder stones.


UT Southwestern is home to a state-of-the-art lithotripter, which provides the campus with a completely noninvasive means of treating small to moderate ureteral and kidney stones in an outpatient setting.

For stone prevention, the Mineral Metabolism Center is internationally renowned and provides comprehensive metabolic evaluation and medical therapy for recurrent stone formers. Many of the diagnostic protocols and medical treatments for stone prevention in use worldwide were developed at UT Southwestern.

New & Noteworthy

Margaret Pearle, M.D., (left) and Beverley Adams-Huet, M.S., have found that people with either calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate kidney stones should not take extra calcium on their own, but should check with their doctors to determine the most effective dietary guidelines.

Our Specialists

Our specialists are known internationally for their expertise in endoscopic and other minimally invasive procedures for kidney stone treatment. They perform nearly 400 surgical procedures for stone removal annually, many of which are complicated cases referred by urologists in a four-state area.

We also see more than 500 stone patients annually, putting us in a unique position to recruit patients for trials evaluating drug and dietary therapies for stone prevention.

Our experience in conducting some of the most advanced research into the causes and cures for kidney stones enables UT Southwestern to provide our patients with the best possible medical treatments – all in a caring and compassionate environment.