Reducing Operative Complications from Kidney Stones (ROCKS)

Decreasing Emergency Department visits following Kidney Stone Surgery


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 mission of MUSIC ROCKS is to make Michigan the best place in the world for comprehensive kidney stone care.  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?

We are currently focused on strategies for decreasing complications and avoiding ED visits and hospitalization following a URS. Our quality improvement efforts include the following:

•   Improving patient education           •   Enhancing medical management

•   Better stent management               •   Increasing physician availability to improve patient engagement

More than 150 urologists are contributing data to ROCKS, we are making substantive progress on all of the above with the commitment of MUSIC urologists from across the state.



Download a ROCKS Brochure (in PDF format)

For a patient educational pamphlet on stent placement and removal, please click on the link below. This educational patient is also available in MUSIC urologists’ offices.

Download ROCKS Pamphlet

If you have further questions or concerns regarding MUSIC ROCKS, please contact the MUSIC Coordinating Center at 855.456.2035 or