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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. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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I underwent lithotripsy last dec. For kidney stones..Now i was supposed to have my period last week but i didn't i had negative home pregnancy test?

I underwent lithotripsy last dec. For kidney stones..Now i was supposed to have my period last week but i didn't i had negative home pregnancy test?

See answer: There are many reasons why a woman may have a delayed menstrual period other than pregnancy. Common causes include anything which causes physical, mental, or emotional stress, weight issues, medications, over-exercising, and even a change in one's regular routine. If no period, would recommend a second pregnancy test 1 week after the first negative test along with a call to your ob-gyn md. ...Read more

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Is a Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy ESWT has bad effect on pregnancy ?

Is a Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy ESWT has bad effect on pregnancy ?

No: This is a controlled focus ultrasonic wave mostly to break up kidney and ureteral stones. It will not cause any problems with a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is lithotripsy safe for my 5 year old child? she has 7mm kidney stone on the right kidney.

Is lithotripsy safe for my 5 year old child? she has 7mm kidney stone on the right kidney.

Lithotripsy: Is generally safe, decision to go for it depends on several factors, your child's doctor(s) would know better, check this link for more info, good luck http://www.uptodate.com/contents/kidney-stones-in-children-beyond-the-basics?source=outline_link&view=text&anchor=H9#H9 ...Read more

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Is vascular lithotripsy on a femoral lesion an effective and safe means of plaque ablation? Any better than atherectomy or endarterectomy?

Is vascular lithotripsy on a femoral lesion an effective and safe means of plaque ablation? Any better than atherectomy or endarterectomy?

No: There is no role for lithotripsy in the treatment of peripheral arterial disease. Lithotripsy is a procedure primarily designed to break up kidney stones. If the procedure were used on arteries, the fragments might break off and further damage arteries downstream. The treatment for atherosclerotic related arterial disease includes medical management, the minimally invasive procedures you mentioned, and open procedures. Experienced vascular surgeons can offer all three methods. ...Read more

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After lithotripsy, how long does it take stone to pass?

Depend...: Do you mean eswl - extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy? If so, the duration to pass sands and fragments disintegrated stones vary greatly from days to months depending upon the load and size of fragments. In some cases, procedures through urethra and ureter are required to remove the stuck/impacted fragments inside ureter. So, ask doc timely for individual variation and expectation. ...Read more

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What should a patient expect during a lithotripsy treatment?

What should a patient expect during a lithotripsy treatment?

Several things: You will usually be put to sleep and the treatment will happen. After treatment you will have some pain on the treated side. ...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

Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


Dr. John Landi
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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