On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Justin Friedlander, MD, director of endourology (endoscopic urologic surgery) and Einstein's Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center, fielded your questions in an online chat.
Dr. Friedlander specializes in the treatment of kidney and ureteral stones. He is one of the only physicians in the Philadelphia area to perform percutaneous nephrolithotomy for larger kidney stones by using x-ray guidance to gain access to the kidney, and the stone is removed through a small incision in the flank.
For stone prevention, Dr. Friedlander conducts comprehensive metabolic evaluations to develop individualized patient treatment plans.
He also offers ureteroscopy and laser lithotripsy, a minimally invasive treatment for stones that involves placing a telescope in the urinary system (through the bladder) and uses laser energy to break stones.
The transcript of the chat appears below.