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Minimally Invasive Surgery


The Department of Urology

Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Faculty members of the Department of Urology are pioneers in developing new innovations and technologies that have lead to safer and more effective treatments for patients.

Among these advances have been new approaches and techniques in minimally invasive surgery, using miniature instruments inserted via a small tube (called a laparoscope) through tiny incisions in the body. Laparoscopic surgery has revolutionized the way patients are treated for a variety of conditions because these minimally invasive procedures result in less discomfort, quicker recovery times and better outcomes for patients than traditional “open” surgery.

The Division of Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery is collaborating with other specialists within the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to develop and perfect minimally invasive techniques for treating many urologic conditions. The UCLA Biomechanical Engineering Department has been integral in developing novel biological sensors, instruments, and surgical techniques that can be used in minimally invasive surgery.

Our Kidney Stone Treatment Center offers the latest treatments for kidney stones with success rates well above the national average. The center offers state-of-the-art treatments including percutaneous nephrolithotomy or lithotripsy (laparascopic techniques to break up or remove a stone), and ureteroscopy (insertion of a thin scope into the urinary tract). The Center uses the latest advances in lithotripter intrarenal, intraureteral, and laparoscopic surgery. UCLA has a reputation for successful management of difficult stones, achieving an 89 percent stone-free rate after surgery, compared to the national average of 73 percent.

Telephone Number
(310) 794-7700 Appointments and information

Director Specialty
Hu, Jim MD Urology

Baxter, Zachery Chad MD Urology
Belldegrun, Arie MD Urology
Chin, Arnold MD, PhD Urology
Kim, Ja-Hong MD Urology
Lerman, Steven MD Urology
Reiter, Robert MD Urology
Saigal, Christopher MD Urology

Body System Location
Kidneys and Urinary System


Clark Urological Center - Westwood
Peter Morton Medical Building
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 140
Los Angeles, CA 90095
  Frank Clark Urology Center - Santa Monica
1260 Fifteenth St., Suite 1200
Santa Monica, CA 90404