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I have to have a kidney stone removed by percutaneous and am really scared what can I expect during the procedure and how long should I be in hospit?

I have to have a kidney stone removed by percutaneous and am really scared what can I expect   during the procedure and how long should I be in hospit?

See Answer: Usual length of stay 1-2 days. May or may not have a nephrostomy tube placed. Discomfort/pain usually mild and controlled with oral pain meds. Potential risks include bleeding, infection, urine leakage, need for additional procedures. All your questions specific to your problem and planned procedure should be answered by your urologist before the procedure. This is what informed consent is for. ...Read more

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Percutaneous (Definition)

In surgery, percutaneous pertains to any medical procedure where access to inner organs or other tissue is done via needle-puncture of the skin, rather than by using an "open" approach where inner organs or tissue are exposed (typically with the use of a scalpel). The percutaneous approach is commonly used in vascular procedures. This involves a needle catheter getting access ...Read more


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Can you tell me about having percutaneous nephrolithotomy surgery for kidney stone?

Can you tell me about having percutaneous nephrolithotomy surgery for kidney stone?

Here are some...: Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is done through small opening(s) in the back to access, break, wash-out, and extract stone/fragments with various high-tech stone-breaking machines such as ultrasound, EHL, holmium laser, etc. Most patients tolerate it very well after adjusting to realistic expectation and judiciously using pain medications. For detail, ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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How would you treat a pregnant woman of 18 weeks with sever painless hydronephrosis on her left kidney? Would you let it go untreated being watched? Or would you perform a percutaneous nephrostomy? Or what else? Thanks!

How would you treat a pregnant woman of 18 weeks with sever painless hydronephrosis on her left kidney? Would you let it go untreated being watched? Or would you perform a percutaneous nephrostomy? Or what else? Thanks!

Not from pregnancy: U r probably seeing an OB dr.. Best consult with experienced urologist. Management depends upon presence and thickness of kidney cortex (functional part of kidney), may require a temporary percutaneous jj tube between bladder & kidney or nephrostomy tube (placed thru posterior abdominal wall, best by interventional radiologist) for duration of pregnancy. Need BUN & creatinine checked now. ...Read more

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Can a percutaneous liver biopsy cause bilateral pleural effusions and ascites?

Can a percutaneous liver biopsy cause bilateral pleural effusions and ascites?

Not likely: Most likely the liver condition that you suffer from is at the root of your pleural effusions and ascites. A paracentesis- an abdominal tap or a thoracentesis, a pleural tap might help in better understanding their etiology. ...Read more

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What would cause atelectasis with effusions 24 hours after percutaneous liver biopsy? Both lungs. Chest pain.

Worry about bleed: See your doctor - with the biopsy we worry about bleeding of the liver or other tissue. Uncertain why you are on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). This medicine could be used to treat other conditions that you have and these other conditions could be causing these changes ...Read more

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It is Wednesday and I am having a percutaneous nephrolithotomy on my kidney on Tuesday. Is it safe to get a small tattoo on my upper arm on Friday?

It is Wednesday and I am having a  percutaneous nephrolithotomy on my kidney on Tuesday. Is it safe to get a small tattoo on my upper arm on Friday?

Kidney procedure: No. Tattoo is not a good idea before an invasive procedure. There is a risk for infection that may complicate or delay your necessary medical procedure. ...Read more

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I have a dominant nodule seen in the medial inferior left thyroid measuring 1.5cm percutanous fine needle biopsy recommended. What does this mean?

I have a dominant nodule seen in the medial inferior left thyroid measuring 1.5cm percutanous fine needle biopsy recommended. What does this mean?

FNA: FNA - fine needle aspiration, is a procedure where a thin needle is inserted directly into the thyroid nodule. Cells from the nodule are aspirated and put on glass slides and stained. The slides are looked at under the microscope and a diagnosis is given. The procedure is usually done after the skin has been numbed up with local anesthesia. Depending on the diagnosis, surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

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Being dominant nodule seen in the medial inferior left thyroid measuring 1.5cm percutanous fine needle biopsy recommended. Can you explain what this means?

Thyroid nodule: The likelihood of any thyroid nodule being a cancer is low, but like any cancer it is important to recognize early and get treatment. A thyroid fine needle biopsy may be needed to get a sample of the nodule to see what it is. Presumably, you had a thyroid image (ultrasound, ct). It is important not just to get a test, but to see a doctor who knows about these things (an endocrinologist). ...Read more

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What's restrictions on a kidney biopsy?

Limit bleeding: To hold blood thinners like aspirin, Plavix Coumadin (warfarin) before the procedure, close vital sign monitoring and strict bed rest for few hours after the procedure. Always strictly follow the instructions from the doctor performing procedure. ...Read more

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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more