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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. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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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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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 there a way to help pass kidney stones, without lithotripsy or surgery?

See a Urologist: If the stones are small (usually 5 mm or less) they may pass on their own. Larger stones usually can't pass on their own and need lithotripsy or surgery to break them up. Consult a urologist for the proper treatments. ...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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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

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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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I had lithotripsy yesterday for 1 out of 2 kidney stones. After several urinations including this morning, I've yet to pass any fragments. Normal?

I had lithotripsy yesterday for 1 out of 2 kidney stones. After several urinations including this morning, I've yet to pass any fragments. Normal?

Could be: You can get fragments that are very small passing that you can only see by using a coffee filter, etc. You would prefer this over passing larger fragments. Just stay hydrated and dilute your urine. ...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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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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4 days after lithotripsy for 1 8 mm stone (still have another) and haven't passed any fragments. Possible or could the stone been blasted so finely?

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May be...: Dod you mean eswl or lithotripsy through urethra ot bladder up to ureter/kidney? The post-rx sand/fragment passage may behave somewhat different. The size of sand/fragment after eswl highly varies depending on stone hardness; the ones after transurethral tends to be coarser. But, not seeing sands / fragments 4 days after either may be not unusual; so, don't worry, but take a kub as post-rx f/u... ...Read more

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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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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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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

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My lithotripsy didn't break up my 7mm stone. It is now 6mm and stuck. What now?

See answer: Some kidneys stones (e.g. calcium oxalate monohydrate) are quite dense and don't fragment well with lithotripsy (ESWL). If stone "stuck" in the ureter, ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy +/- stent placement would usually be the next step with a high success rate. If the stone still in the kidney flexible ureteroscopy/laser lithotripsy still a reasonable option. Repeat ESWL less likely to succeed. ...Read more

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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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Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy--is that for kidney stones?

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy--is that for kidney stones?

LITHO!: Eswl is one of the most common options for treating kidney stones. ...Read more