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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. Tiffanie Noonan
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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 complication may lead a procedure of lithotripsy of 13 ml ureter stone coz severe pain developed in flank and irradiate to back ?

What complication may lead a procedure of lithotripsy of 13 ml ureter stone coz severe  pain developed in flank and irradiate to back ?

See answer : Most common complications of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) include: failure to completely fragment the stone or fragment(s) too big to pass that gets "stuck" in the ureter requiring additional procedures; obstruction of kidney and/or pain from stone fragments passing or getting "stuck" in ureter; blood in the urine; infection; and bleeding around the kidney. ...Read more

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Bilateral lithotripsy for stones 6 days ago and stent removal. 2 days ago began having severe cramps and diarrhea. Potential cause?

Bilateral lithotripsy for stones 6 days ago and stent removal. 2 days ago began having severe cramps and diarrhea. Potential cause?

Here are some...: Possible side effects from antibiotics should be considered although severe pain from occasional ureteral obstruction by clot or stone fragment may occur, but would not be associated with diarrhea. Nonetheless, go to be evaluated to differentiate what it may be by following instructions described in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wishers to recovery... ...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 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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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