Comprehensive Kidney Stone Program

Patients come to the Comprehensive Kidney Stone Program at Ohio State for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney stones because we offer:

  • Nationally recognized experts who provide confidential, respectful care
  • The most-advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment options using state-of-the-art technology including medical expulsion therapy, endoscope surgery with laser lithotripsy and shockwave lithotripsy   
  • Timely care in a comfortable and convenient location
  • Continuum of care with follow-up support by Ohio State experts will help identify underlying causes of your kidney condition and assist with better long-term health

Physician Expertise 

Bodo Knudsen, MD, who directs the OSU Comprehensive Kidney Stone Program, was recruited to Ohio State after extensive education and training with international leaders in metabolic stone disease and with minimally invasive kidney stone surgery.  

Joining Dr. Knudsen at the OSU Comprehensive Kidney Stone Program are urology specialists Geoffrey Box, MD, and Frank Begun, MD. These three Ohio State urologists are board certified, which means that they have completed the highest level of training and demonstrated the expert clinical skills to earn the highest certification available in their field.

Dr. Knudsen recognizes that participating in an active research program is the best way to ensure patients have the opportunity for optimal, advanced treatment. His Ohio State research focuses on improving the surgical management of stone disease. As a result, Dr. Knudsen is recognized worldwide as an expert in the use of lasers to treat kidney stones. He is a member of the prestigious R.O.C.K. (Research on Calculus Kinetics) Society, a group of international investigators who focus on kidney stone research. Dr. Knudsen partners with other national and international experts in multicenter studies designed to improve the treatment of kidney stones.

Advanced Treatments

Kidney stones are removed during one of these procedures:

  • Ureteroscopy with Laser Lithotripsy – An endoscope is guided through the urethra, up the ureter and into the kidney to the kidney stone. The stone is broken into tiny fragments and the fragments are removed
  • Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) – A small incision is made over the kidney and a scope is passed into the kidney; large stones are drilled out and removed

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