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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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When will fragments pass from a kidney stone after lithotripsy surgery?

When will fragments pass from a kidney stone after lithotripsy surgery?

Varies: Stone fragments may begin passing immediately. In some cases, depending on the location of the stone within the kidney, the fragments may pass up to several months after the treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do if I have a 0.7 CM kidney stone? An operation or lithotripsy?

What is the best thing to do if I have a 0.7 CM kidney stone? An operation or lithotripsy?

ESWL: Depends-if your stone is radiolucent (eg uric acid/cysteine) you could manage it medically and dissolve it. If radio-opaque/calcium in composition, while unlikely to "pass" intact, would be best managed with eswl as a minimally-invasive mono-therapy. (pcnl would be too invasive, except with significant anatomic variation (eg calyceal diverticulum/infundibular stenosis). Possible ureterorenoscopy? ...Read more

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How soon do you perform lithotripsy when a large kidney stone is detected? I have one meaning 17mmx12mmx5mm

How soon do you perform lithotripsy when a large kidney stone is detected?  I have one meaning 17mmx12mmx5mm

Here's some...: There is no set timing advice for kidney stone of 17x12x5 'm, but depending on stone-related symptoms, past history of stone management, possible stone-related anatomical changes. So, ask urologist for details timely. ...Read more

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How long should a patient obstain from sex after a lithotripsy kidney stone removal?

How long should a patient obstain from sex after a lithotripsy kidney stone removal?

No need: Side effects from eswl have very little to do with intercourse. There is no reason to abstain from intercourse after eswl, unless it is very vigorous. This can potentially cause bleeding from an injured kidney, but in general, there is no contraindications. ...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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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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5 mm. kidney stone that has been sitting at the top of the ureter for 9 days. Urologist recommends Lithotripsy. Reasonable or useless to tough it out?

5 mm. kidney stone that has been sitting at the top of the ureter for 9 days. Urologist recommends Lithotripsy.  Reasonable or useless to tough it out?

Should pass without : need for intervention. Also depends upon symptoms. You have had multiple stones in past & presumably passed most or all. Worth active intervention to remove ureteroscopically or have stent placed if UR in pain. This is very small stone & certainly too small for extra-corporal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). Hope you have had metabolic work-up for stones! ...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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Could 7mm kidney stone pass with meds and tons of water/lemonade w/o laser treatment/lithotripsy?

Probably not.: Most stones 5mm or smaller will pass. A 7mm stone could pass, but may well not pass on its own. If you have flank pain, you may have an obstructed ureter and need to have the stone removed so you don't develop kidney damage or urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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12 mm kidney stone lipotripsy didn't work want to do a pcnl anyway of passing the stone when is it to big for my kidney. Grew from a 8 mm two years ago?

No.: Unfortunately stones more than 5mm cannot usually pass on their own, so intervention is often needed. If lithotripsy did not work, then percutaneous therapy may be needed. ...Read more

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After kidney stones are removed by lithotripsy --how long will your kidney hurt afterwards?

After kidney stones are removed by lithotripsy --how long will your kidney hurt   afterwards?

LITHOTRIPSY: This is a treatment to break up the stones. The stones have to pass afterward and that is when the pain comes if they're not small enough to go right through. ...Read more

Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...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