MUSIC ROCKS's mission is to make Michigan the best place in the world for kidney stone care.


Kidney Stones are small, hard deposits that form in the kidney and can often be painful for a person to pass. Two common treatment options are shockwave lithotripsy (SWL) and ureteroscopy (URS). In SWL procedures, shock waves are used to break up the stone. In URS, the stone is removed in an out-patient procedure.

With kidney stone incidences on the rise affecting both men and women, MUSIC created a program specifically focused on Reducing Operative Complications from Kidney Stones (ROCKS). The focus of this initiative is on improving the quality of care for kidney stone patients, particularly decreasing modifiable Emergency Department visits following surgery, specifically ureteroscopy (URS) and shockwave lithotripsy (SWL).

What is MUSIC ROCKS working toward?

  • Our primary objective is focused on employing strategies for decreasing complications and avoiding ED visits and hospitalization following ureteroscopy and shockwave lithotripsy.
  • While we have made significant progress since 2016, the MUSIC ROCKS team continues to explore new strategies for improving the various aspects of care delivery. Our quality improvement efforts currently include the initiatives highlighted below.