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UPMC Opens Kidney Stone Clinic

PITTSBURGH, April 30, 2001 — Over one million Americans will be diagnosed with a kidney stone this year; fifty percent of these patients will develop a second kidney stone within 10 years. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has created the UPMC Kidney Stone Center to help patients prevent recurrence through medical and lifestyle adjustments.

The centralized, multi-disciplinary center was organized to treat and manage kidney stone disease over the long-term. “Kidney stones are one of the most, if not the most, painful disorders a person can experience. To go through it once is more than enough, our patients shouldn’t have to go through it again. This is why we are focusing on prevention of kidney stones on a patient-by-patient basis, finding what treatment will work best for the individual,” said Timothy D. Averch, M.D., director of endourology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and assistant professor, department of urology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Oriented towards patients who have had stone surgery or who have passed a stone spontaneously, the center evaluates patients for their risk factors in stone formation. After evaluating a patient’s risk factors, the team of doctors at the center devise a treatment plan for the patient, and monitor the patient through follow-up exams.

Members of the UPMC Kidney Stone Center team include: Dr. Averch, a urologist with fellowship training in the management of kidney stone disease, Donald S. Fraley, M.D., a nephrologist and Beth Buenaventura, a nutrition specialist.

Patients are seen at the center on the first Monday of every month in the Lilliane S. Kaufmann Building, Suite 801. Appointments can be made by calling 412-692-4100.

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