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The Pediatric Kidney Stone Program combines the expertise of pediatric urologists at Mass General Hospital for Children with the skill and experience of physicians from Mass General’s Department of Urology whose sole focus is treating kidney stones. We care for hundreds of patients with kidney stones every year, so our physicians understand the full range of symptoms. Using this knowledge, they prescribe the most effective methods of treatment and prevention.
Treatment begins with a board-certified pediatric urologist, who will develop a personalized treatment plan for your child. Non-invasive and minimally-invasive procedures are used to treat kidney stones whenever possible and reduce complications and healing times. For most kidney stone procedures, children can go home the same day. For more complex cases, children may stay two to three days in the hospital for observation and recovery.
Mass General is one of the few hospitals in New England that has two of the most advanced stone removal technologies on site: noninvasive shockwave therapy and minimally invasive laser technology (lithotripsy). Because the most advanced equipment is available at the hospital, children rarely have to wait to have stones removed, sparing them the prolonged pain and discomfort of a temporary stent.
Other treatment options include:
Kidney stones may be caused by an underlying problem including metabolic disorders or infections. To help prevent recurrence, your child may be evaluated by additional specialists, including pediatric nephrologists or endocrinologists. If needed, our specialists offer long-term followup, as well as transition to adult care.
Research is focused on technological innovations in the treatment of kidney stone disease, including:
Making small changes to your child's diet can help prevent future kidney stones. This handout can help you make those small changes to your child's diet.
A helpful list of foods and drinks that can help prevent future kidney stones, based on the type of diet your doctor has recommended for your child.
Learn more about the Pediatric Kidney Stone Program at MGHfC, including treatment options, members of the care team and research.
Learn more about the Pediatric Kidney Stone Program, including treatment options, members of the care team and how to schedule an appointment.
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