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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. Michael Gabor
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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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I'm a us veteran in chicago looking for a hospital to have extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy performed.

Thank you 4 serving: Call your local hospital, or one close to your home and ask about lithotripsy available and a urologist for you to see to get scheduled. Be well. ...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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Is it ok just to urinate just a little stream of urine after lithotripsy performed today even though I drank 80 oz of water and have an urge to go?

Yes and no: After lithotripsy, sometimes the broken down stone makes it's way to the bladder but resists further eplelling out from the bladder. And at other times the stone is broken but not in small enough pieces and therefore continues to cause obstruction. That can cause urgency but difficult to urinate. See your urologist/ nephrologist ASAP ...Read more

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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