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What Is Biliary 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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