Can someone tell me if shockwave therapy for kidney stones is painful?

Not really painful. Extracorporal lithotripsy is not really painful.They sit you in a water tank and use ultrasound to break the stone and it can be a little uncomfortable but you are given sedation and some are given anesthesia.

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What is the least painful treatment for kidney stone removal?

Depends. It depends on the size and type of stone. The following two sites will provide some information so that you will be prepared to discuss the options with your doctor. http://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/kidneystones_shockwave.cfm http://www.Nytimes.Com/health/guides/disease/kidney-stones/overview.Html. Read more...
Here are some... The degree of suffering from stone removal highly varies depending on surgeon's skill, size of stones, and complexity of the procedures. So, it is hard to state which one is least painful. For the individual details, ask your urologist. Read more...

Hoping you can tell me, is transplant ever an option for kidney stone treatment?

Very, very rarely. In patients with renal failure caused by some large kidney stone a transplant may be performed. During my fellowship, i saw a patient who had a large staghorn calculus (stone) in his solitary kidney that eventually led to renal failure. He eventually received a transplant. Read more...

I have kidney stones. Should I get a stent in the kidney or shock wave therapy?

You might need both. Shock wave therapy, or lithotripsy, is the primary therapy for large kidney stones that cause symptoms such as pain or recurrent infection. If stones dislodge from the kidney and migrate into the ureter, shock wave therapy is not used. Often after shockwave therapy, a stent is placed to help the passage of the residual particles from the kidney to the bladder and to prevent obstruction. Read more...

Recently I have been identified with Gall & kidney stone. Kidney stone is cleared after flush therapy. Gall stone any medicine available.?

Sort of. There is a medicine called Actigall (ursodiol) that helps some people. It only works on certain types of gallstones, and if it works, it is needed for life because the stones will re-form if it is stopped. Nothing is necessary if you are not having problems with it though. Most people who have symptoms decide to have the GB removed. Read more...

What type of treatment for kidney stone?

Various. Depends on one's symptoms. Ultrasound techniques can break them, other stones are left alone if not causing problems. Some invasive urology procedures are performed if the stone is blocking the ureter tube. Read more...
Three Main Kinds. The size of the stone, whether it is symptomatic, infected or located in the ureter help determine if treatment is needed, as well as what approach. Stones in the kidney >2.5 CM usually need surgery through a keyhole incision in the back (pcnl). Smaller stones (but >4 mm) in the kidney may need eswl(sound waves) or a direct look through the ureter (ureteroscopy) with laser break up. Ask your md. Read more...

What is latest and safest treatment for removing kidney stone?

Depends. It all depends on size of the stone and location. Your doctor should create a treatment plan accordingly. If stone is large, ultrasound waves are used to destroy the stones. Surgery may also be indicated when appropriate. Read more...