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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

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Scientists have discovered any other alternatives to get rid of kidney stones other than surgery or lithotripsy?

Scientists have discovered any other alternatives to get rid of kidney stones other than surgery or lithotripsy?

Yes, if Uric Acid: 5-10% of kidney stones are made of uric acid crystals, which can be "redissolved" back into the urine. A dual energy renal stone protocol ct can determine if kidney stones are made of uric acid. See a urologist for see if this is an option for you.

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Dear sir I want to know whether surgery is better or lithotripsy for 6 mm stone in the uterus tube. Patient age is 74 and he is diabetic and hypertenso?

Dear sir I want to know whether surgery is better or lithotripsy for 6 mm stone in the uterus tube. Patient age is 74 and he is diabetic and hypertenso?

Lithotripsy: Eswl (shock wave lithotripsy) is an option for a ureteral stone so long as it can be clearly visualized on fluoroscopy so it can be targeted. Ureteroscopic basket extraction tends to be better for ureteral stones nearer to the bladder though.

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On average, how many days will I miss work after lithrotripsy surgery?

On average, how many days will I miss work after lithrotripsy surgery?

Only day of ESWL: You certainly can return to work the next day unless you get impacted stone fragments in the ureter. So called steinstrasse. This can cause kidney pain/colic requiring pain meds. Some urologists temporarily leave s stent in place if they anticipate steinstrasse if large vaolume of stone has been pulverised. On other hand, sometimes possible to have eswl in pm so u can work in am (with nil by mouth).

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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.

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Can you have lithotripsy while you are menopausal?

Can you have lithotripsy while you are menopausal?

Sure: There are no contraindications to lithotripsy with menopause. Menopause is a state that women will be in for many years. It can increase her risk of heart disease but physicians are looking for more detrimental disease processes such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, vascular disease when assessing surgical risk.

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Will lithotripsy procedure cause any damage to the kidney cells?

Will lithotripsy procedure cause any damage to the kidney cells?

Yes, but...: Everything comes with a price; so is shockwae lithotripsy (eswl) or any act of medical care. Experience confirmed the degree of damage is limited and usually not clinically significant within the recommended 2500-3000 shocks. Despite the consequence of rx, practicing healthy lifestyle with no overindulgence and obsession will surely help all willing persons to live a long life.

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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.

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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.

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Does lithotripsy damage/destroy kidney cells? May need another lithotripsy.

Lithotripsy: Lithptripsy is quite safe however damage may be seen in the corticomedullary region in relation to the vasculat tissue hence bllod in the urine after this procedure can be noted.

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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.

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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.

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Which is worse a dandc or lithotripsy? I'm scared bc I have a dandc thursday. I survived a lithotripsy.

Neither is Worse: Cancer is worse, car accidents are worse, strokes, heart attacks and dementia are worse. I assume doctors have done d;c for hundreds of years. With modern medical care they are very safe. So is lithotripsy. But all procedures carry some risk. Discuss your concerns with your doctor. U know what is probably the riskiest thing? Driving to the hospital on the public highway.