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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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) - how long for recovery?

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) - how long for recovery?

Vary...: Do you mean get over eswl-related discomfort or total post-eswl stone/fragment passage? For post-eswl discomfort, it may highly vary, days to weeks, depending on what you're and how your body/kidney responds to eswl. For stone/fragment passage, it may take 1 week to months, depending on the load ; density of stones and the eswl effectiveness to disintegrate them; it may take 1 week to months, or.. ...Read more

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Is it better to have extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) or percutaneous nephrolithotomy (pcnl)?

Stone size determine: Shockwave lithotripsy minimally invasive, but not very effective for stones larger than 1 cm in diameter, and can not be used for branching "staghorn" stones. Can be used for larger stones if infectious in origin because they break up more easier. Percutaneous is more invasive, but usually a "one shot" procedure to clean out all the stone material.Swl requires minimal to no skill, pcnl needs skill. ...Read more

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Whats extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy? Is it painful and do they put you to sleep?

Kidney stones: Eswl uses high-energy shock waves produced by an electrical discharge, which are transmitted through water and directly focused onto a renal or ureteral stone with the aid of fluoroscopy. The change in tissue density between the soft tissues of the kidney and the hard stone results in a release of energy at the stone surface, which fragments the stone. The patient is sedated or anesthetized. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy done?

Where do I go to get an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy done?

Urologist: This surgery to remove a kidney or ureteral stone is done by urologists and you should look one up quickly if you have a stone. The equipment is usually owned by hospitals but the controls are in the hands of the urologist. ...Read more

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What does extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy feel like or are you out?

Anesthesia is usual: During extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, most patients are under general anesthesia, or given intravenous analgesics by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist. If the patient is not under general anesthesia (some systems don't require it) they may feel a "slap" in the area of the shock wave, but it is generally reduced by analgesics, and some drugs eliminate recall of the event. Dr. Mike. ...Read more

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Extracorporeal piezoelectric shock wave lithotripsy. Fancy words. What do they mean?

Extracorporeal piezoelectric shock wave lithotripsy. Fancy words. What do they mean?

Shock source: Extracorporeal - from "outside" of the body. Piezoelectric - a type of spark gap generator. Shock wave - "force" wave that travels through the body. Lithotripsy - to "break-up" stones. ...Read more

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What kind of complications might happen from an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy?

What kind of complications might happen from an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy?

Same but more: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) is used to break up stones which are stuck somewhere, whether it be the kidney or the bile duct or elsewhere. Risks include bleeding, damage to the surrounding tissue/organ, and when coupled with other procedures, generally mean a more difficult procedure. ...Read more

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How much is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for gall stones?

How much is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for gall stones?

Who Cares?: Lithotripsy, though useful for large kidney stones, is pretty much useless for gallstones. The only effective way to treat gallstone disease and prevent recurrence of their symptoms is to have the gallbladder surgically removed as it is the source of gallstone formation. ...Read more

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I'm a us veteran in chicago looking for a hospital to have extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy performed.

Thank you 4 serving: Call your local hospital, or one close to your home and ask about lithotripsy available and a urologist for you to see to get scheduled. Be well. ...Read more