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Why do they knock you out for a lithotripsy?

Why do they knock you out for a lithotripsy?

Pain from procedure: Shock waves are typically applied through an interface brought into direct contact with the skin of the flank region on the side of interest. When shock waves are delivered, they can be quite uncomfortable. Anesthesia is needed to keep the patient comfortable, but also to help the patient stay still so that the shock waves can remain focused on the stone to maximize the chances of fragmenting it ...Read more

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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


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Will lithotripsy procedure cause any damage to the kidney cells?

Will lithotripsy procedure cause any damage to the kidney cells?

Yes, but...: Everything comes with a price; so is shockwae lithotripsy (eswl) or any act of medical care. Experience confirmed the degree of damage is limited and usually not clinically significant within the recommended 2500-3000 shocks. Despite the consequence of rx, practicing healthy lifestyle with no overindulgence and obsession will surely help all willing persons to live a long life. ...Read more

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Can a lithotripsy cause an svt?

Can a lithotripsy cause an svt?

Possible, but rare.: Shock wave lithotripsy (swl) is a technology that uses focused sound waves to fragment kidney stones. These impulses have been shown to cause some disturbances of heart rhythm, usually provoking premature beats. These machines are now "gated", meaning that a simultaneous ekg delivers pulses at the safest moment of the cardiac cycle. Svt with eswl has been described in the literature, but is rare. ...Read more

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Could lithotripsy cause an existing gallstone to start causing moderate pain and nausea?

Could lithotripsy cause an existing gallstone to start causing moderate pain and nausea?

Well, yes.: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, but if stones are broken down to smaller sizes, they gottta go somewhere. in about 1 in THREE patients getting lithotrypsy for gallstones, they got this sort of complication. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22577805 ...Read more

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Can kidney stone lithotripsy cause seizures?

Can kidney stone lithotripsy cause seizures?

Not typically: There is nothing inherent to this procedure which would lower a persons threshold for seizure. Individuals at risk for seizure should know that these procedures often require anesthesia and the use of those medications may change the effectiveness of anti-seizure medications. This can be discussed with the anesthesia team prior to scheduling a procedure. ...Read more

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Bilateral lithotripsy for stones 6 days ago and stent removal. 2 days ago began having severe cramps and diarrhea. Potential cause?

Bilateral lithotripsy for stones 6 days ago and stent removal. 2 days ago began having severe cramps and diarrhea. Potential cause?

Here are some...: Possible side effects from antibiotics should be considered although severe pain from occasional ureteral obstruction by clot or stone fragment may occur, but would not be associated with diarrhea. Nonetheless, go to be evaluated to differentiate what it may be by following instructions described in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wishers to recovery... ...Read more

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Can a kidney stone with stent and lithotripsy (2months later) cause 4th stage kidney disease?

Can a kidney stone with stent and lithotripsy (2months later) cause 4th stage kidney disease?

Kidney disease: You need to see the urologist who placed the stent to get further information as soon as possible. If your kidney function was normal before the procedure, you have acute kidney disease which needs to be evaluated. If the urologist finds nothing wrong, go to a nephrologist to see if you have some kidney disease not related to your kidney stone or stent placement. See these doctors quickly. ...Read more

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Laser lithotripsy 10 days ago, stent (no string) will be removed in a week.dr said no sexual activity.is sex risky? had wet dream is that a problem?

Laser lithotripsy 10 days ago, stent (no string) will be removed in a week.dr said no sexual activity.is sex risky? had wet dream is that a problem?

Here are some...: It's surely okay to experience wet dream. As to not having sex, this advice is more for politically correctness stressing love-tender care than for professional necessity intending to ease irritation of bladder neck & prostate urethra from orgasm-related vigorous contraction. Oh! Stent removal can be done under local anesthesia if stone was properly zapped and extracted. More? Ask your urologist. ...Read more

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Could lithotripsy cause addison's disease or the Depo-Provera birth control shot?I have a positive ANA was told I have fibermyalgia ?Would a CT scan show it?

Could lithotripsy cause addison's disease or the Depo-Provera birth control shot?I have a positive ANA was told I have fibermyalgia ?Would a CT scan show it?

No and no: I have never heard of lithotripsy causing addison's disease. It is not something that would show up on a cat scan. The most common cause for addison's disease is autoimmune, so having a positive ANA may put you at a slightly higher risk, but addison's is very rare, and needs to be diagnosed by an endocrinologist, with laboratory testing. ...Read more

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What are some advantages of lithotripsy?

Quicker recovery: In the old days, we did open surgery for stones where we made an incision and removed the stone. You were typically in the hospital a few days and had to recover from the incision. With eswl, you are normally treated as an outpatient and able to return to work in a couple of days. ...Read more

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Why do they knock you out for a lithotripsy?

Pain from procedure: Shock waves are typically applied through an interface brought into direct contact with the skin of the flank region on the side of interest. When shock waves are delivered, they can be quite uncomfortable. Anesthesia is needed to keep the patient comfortable, but also to help the patient stay still so that the shock waves can remain focused on the stone to maximize the chances of fragmenting it ...Read more

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Anyone had lithotripsy done? What should I do?

Anyone had lithotripsy done? What should I do?

ESWL: Eswl treatment is performed under sedation on an outpatient basis. There will be some mild post-procedure discomfort and some blood in the urine. Passage of fragments may cause pain requiring narcotic analgesia. ...Read more

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Why is it that they put you under for a lithotripsy?

Minimize distress: Lithotripsy requires intubations through delicate and sensitive areas. These can be painful and there is enhanced pain from the inflammation of the kidney/ureteral stone. Also the instrument has to be carefully aimed to just fragment the stone and minimize damage to the normal tissue and this is more easily achieved while the patient is under anesthesia. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lithotripsy?

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

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Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a lithotripsy?

Yes: You receive intravenous sedation (and be glad that it's available!). ...Read more

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What medications are administered for lithotripsy (before/during/prescribed after)?

Meds: before; flomax (tamsulosin) (or equivalent meds), may be an anxiolytic or non steroidal anti inflammatory pain medication. After: flomax (tamsulosin) (or equivalent) and NSAID if needed. The only other new med(s) depend on the stone analysis ...Read more

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Which is worse a dandc or lithotripsy ? I'm scared bc I have a dandc thursday.I survived a lithotripsy .

Neither is Worse: Cancer is worse, car accidents are worse, strokes, heart attacks and dementia are worse. I assume doctors have done d;c for hundreds of years. With modern medical care they are very safe. So is lithotripsy. But all procedures carry some risk. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. U know what is probably the riskiest thing? Driving to the hospital on the public highway. ...Read more

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What is lithotripsy surgery?

What is lithotripsy surgery?

Treatment of stones.: Lithotripsy is the process by which stones in the urinary tract are broken into small fragments. 'lithotripsy surgery' are procedures where small instruments are used to deliver mechanical, electro-hydraulic, or laser disruption of stones. Access is gained through the bladder (cystoscopy, ureteroscopy), a small flank incision (pcnl), or sometimes by laparoscopy. ...Read more