Genito-Urinary Surgeons

2120 W. Central Avenue,
Toledo 43606

Urological Stones

Urological Stones

Kidney stones are painful, common and treatable. That’s why Genito-Urinary Surgeons (GUS) takes a comprehensive approach to their diagnosis and treatment. GUS has the skill and experience to use the most advanced treatments available to address even the most difficult of problems. We provide our patients with an individualized assessment to determine why they developed stones, eliminate the stones and help you prevent recurrence. GUS is unique; diagnosis and treatment can be done right here in our office.

The board-certified doctors and professional staff at GUS have exceptional qualifications and experience helping people like you overcome kidney stones – and keep them from returning.

Our patients have peace of mind in knowing that GUS is Northwest Ohio’s leader in advanced, multispecialty urologic stone care.

What you should know about kidney stones

According to the National Institutes of Health, one person in 10 develops kidney stones during their lifetime. Kidney stones are most prevalent in patients aged 30 to 45.

Kidney stones are hardened mineral deposits that form in the kidneys. They originate as microscopic particles and develop into stones over time. The medical term for this condition is nephrolithiasis. When minerals in the urine do not dissolve completely, crystals form, leading to kidney stones.

Small stones can cause discomfort as they pass out of the body. Regardless of size, when stones become lodged in the tube (ureter) that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder, they cause severe pain that begins in the back and radiates to the side or groin. A lodged stone can block the flow of urine, causing pressure to build in the affected ureter and kidney. Increased pressure results in severe pain.

What you should know about treating kidney stones

Treatment depends on the size and type of stone. Lithotripsy is an extremely effective procedure for removing stones from the kidney or upper ureter. An instrument, machine or probe is used to break the stone into tiny particles that can pass naturally from the body. We perform three types of lithotripsy:

  • Laser lithotripsy uses a fiber passed through an instrument to deliver a laser beam to break up the stones.
  • Ultrasonic lithotripsy uses high-frequency soundwaves delivered through a probe to break up the kidney stone.
  • Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) uses highly focused impulses projected from outside the body to pulverize kidney stones anywhere in the urinary system. This technique usually reduces the stone to sand-like granules that can be passed in the patient’s urine. Large stones may require several ESWL treatments. The procedure takes less than an hour and is done right here on an outpatient basis.

Our doctors combine skill, experience and a strong interest in treating people with kidney stones. We offer the latest, most advanced treatments available in Northwest Ohio.

When you have a kidney stone, GUS provides you with the ability to not only be diagnosed but treated in one convenient location.

For more information on kidney stones, please visit the National Kidney Foundation at