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Why is it that they put you under for a lithotripsy?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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