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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Lithotripsy (Overview)

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.


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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. Katharine Cox
133 doctors shared insights

Lithotripsy (Overview)

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.


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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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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