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Doctor insights on: Bruised Kidney Symptoms After Lithotripsy

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What happens if a kidney stone is resistant to lithotripsy?

What happens if a kidney stone is resistant to lithotripsy?

Use Laser: Some types of stones do not fracture well with shockwave lithotripsy. If the stone needs to be treated then either ureteroscopy (scope from bladder up ureter) with laser can be used or a scope through the back directly into the kidney can be used. The latter procedure is for larger stones, usually over 2cm, and is called percutaneous nephrolithotomy (pcnl). ...Read more

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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


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How long does it usually take kidney stone fragments to pass after lithotripsy?

How long does it usually take kidney stone fragments to pass after lithotripsy?

Depends: Stones fragments may never completely pass on their own. Better chance of passing if an easily fragmented stone. Better chance if located within the upper portion of the kidney or within the ureter. Less chance if located in the lower portion of the kidney. ...Read more

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Is kidney stone recurring in nature since I have had uteroscopic lithotripsy once?

Is kidney stone  recurring in nature since I have had uteroscopic lithotripsy once?

Kidney stone : Your chances of making another stone are greater then someone who has never had a stone but it is by no means assured. See your urologist and review xrays to see if any other stones are already present in the kidneys. If not, ask for specific prevention measures to adopt. Start by drinking enough liquid to make 2 liters of urine per day. Dietary restrictions are based on stone composition. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a kidney stone, and may have to get a lithotripsy. does it hurt?

What to do if I have a kidney stone, and may have to get a lithotripsy. does it hurt?

Should get rid of it: Lithotripsy is done in an outpatient setting. It is not terribly painful and infinitely less painful then the pain of a large stone. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a kidney stone, and may have to get a lithotripsy. Does it hurt?

What do you recommend if I have a kidney stone, and may have to get a lithotripsy. Does it hurt?

Not really painful: Extracorporal lithotripsy is not really painful.They sit you in a water tank and use ultrasound to break the stone and it can be a little uncomfortable but you are given sedation and some are given anesthesia. ...Read more

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I had lithotripsy 1 week ago - still not passing stone fragments and the pain in my kidney is getting worse, not better. Should I seek help?

Yes: By now you should have passed those fragments and you should have felt better. See your urologist or if unavaile you should go to ER. ...Read more

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I had a lithotripsy on my left kidney to remove 2 - 8cm stones on oct 11th. I have continued to have a discomfort pain (like a brused feeling . Why?

LITHOTRIPSY: Lithotripsy simply fractures the stones after which they need to pass. It can take more than 1 treatment for this much stone. The pieces can also stack up in the ureter and cause pain. The skin often bruises with treatment and the tissue of the kidney can also bruise. Many reasons for pain after litho. ...Read more

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Is lithotripsy effective to pulverize small stone of 3 mm in kidney?

Yes: As long as the stone can be seen well enough to be targeted. This is the treatment of choice. ...Read more

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Second lithotripsy done 2-14. Toilet water sometimes clear to a tint of various shades. Is this normal? Does litho do damage to kidney cells?

Second lithotripsy done 2-14.  Toilet water sometimes clear  to a tint of various shades. Is this normal? Does litho do damage to kidney cells?

More likely ....: .. that the pink-tinged water is evidence of microscopic bleeding from residual or recurrent kidney stones. It's been a year and a half since you had the lithotripsy. Any injury to the kidney is almost always acute, i.e. immediately after the procedure and transient. I suggest you see your nephrologist/urologist for follow-up tests to check on the status of your kidney stones and kidney functon. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Lithotripsy (Definition)

It is a medical procedure which uses shock waves to break up stones in kidney or ureter, sa these can pass ...Read more