Top 20 Doctor insights on: Laser lithotripsy recovery time

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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. Milroy Samuel
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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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What's the difference between laser Lithotripsy and the ultrasound litho? Advantages?

What's the difference between laser Lithotripsy and the ultrasound litho? Advantages?

Here are some...: Anything is on its way of constant evolution and change; so is lithotripsy. The key factors affecting how laser or US-lithotripsy lie on the flexibility of involved equipment and the accessibility to kidneys or ureters, & of course, professional proficiency. Considering all possible contributing factors, laser litho has been holding its edge of advantages in treating stones in ureters/kidneys.... ...Read more

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I have a lot of white small tissue pieces in my urine after 22 days ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy and also was suspicious TCC, what I will do?

Quite normal: Passing fragments and trash for 4-8 weeks after lithotripsy is normal. Your Urologist can run cytology and/or FISH TEST later to help determine if TCC is suspicious or present. He will answer your??? as you progress. ...Read more

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I had ureteroscopy laser lithotripsy 4 weeks ago and 4 the last 5 days have been passing large pieces of tissue, over 70. Is this normal after surgery?

I had ureteroscopy laser lithotripsy 4 weeks ago and 4 the last 5 days have been passing large pieces of tissue, over 70. Is this normal after surgery?

Clots: It is highly unlikely that you're actually passing pieces of tissue. It is somewhat common however to pass gelatinous clots of blood following ureteroscopic procedures. ...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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Had laser lithotripsy 9 days ago 4 stone removal. Ureteral stent for 8 more days told no sex or sexual activity til removed. Why & what do they mean?

Had laser lithotripsy 9 days ago 4 stone removal. Ureteral stent for 8 more days told no sex or sexual activity til removed. Why & what do they mean?

Here are some...: The recommendation provided after the reported procedures is commonly given in attempting and assuming to ease voiding symptoms from local irritation to usually already inflamed bladder neck and prostate urethra. Is that really necessary for professional reasons, which could be in doubt or for political correctness, which probably plays major role in such advice? So, Ask Doc for mutual agreement.. ...Read more

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SUFFERING OXALATE STONE BLOCKING TOP 1/3 OF ONE KIDNEY...LASER LITHOTRIPSY DID NOT GET IT ALL...NOW HAVE VENOUS STASIS AND HYPERTENSION...WAITING FOR?

SUFFERING OXALATE STONE BLOCKING TOP 1/3 OF ONE KIDNEY...LASER LITHOTRIPSY DID NOT GET IT ALL...NOW HAVE VENOUS STASIS AND HYPERTENSION...WAITING FOR?

Stone treatment: I wish you could explain a bit more in detail what is going on. There are many ways to treat stone. Are your stones in the kidney or ureter? . Is there hydronephrosis?
Venous stasis and hypertension not commonly related to stones. ...Read more

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Could 7mm kidney stone pass with meds and tons of water/lemonade w/o laser treatment/lithotripsy?

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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Large kidney stone in kidney. Deciding between a laser lithotrypsy or arthroscopic direct removal. Ureter stents very uncomfortable for me. Thoughts?

Large kidney stone in kidney. Deciding between a laser lithotrypsy or arthroscopic direct removal. Ureter stents very uncomfortable for me. Thoughts?

Lithotripsy limited: To breaking up the stone and it must still pass. The stone can grow and get worse if that is all that is done. Removal has less overall risk, despite stents... ...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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I just had lithotripsy for an 8 mm stone. Another stone at 5 mm remains. Should it be removed? If so, what is the wait time between lithotripsies?

Ask your MD: If you're taking tamsulosin, you should pass that fragment without surgery. 6 weeks before you should get another lithotripsy. Your urologist also may do a ureteroscopy this time for improved chances of clearing that fragment. ...Read more

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2nd time kidney stones w/in 10mos. 1x: 3mm-stuck in l distal ureter & 6mm-l kidney. 2x: 5mm & 2mm-l kidney & 5mm-r kidney. Do I get lithotripsy again?

Possibly: Lithotripsy's results depend on the size and location of the stones along the urinary tract. However, equally importantly, you need to be investigated to figure out why you are having recurrent stones, and take appropriate measures like increased water intake (and, possibly other medications) that should reduce your risk of future stones. ...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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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

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Laser (Definition)

Laser is an abbreviation for light amplification ...Read more