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Shockwave lithotripsy for kidney stones - what kind of criteria does the patient have to meet?
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Dr. Terence Chapman
Urology - Oncology
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Most patients can undergo this procedure, which can often be done with IV sedation as opposed to general anesthesia.
Patients must be off blood thinners (eg, aspirin, plavix, coumadin, (warfarin) pradaxa) and have no active infection. Success rates are best in stones less than 2 cm. Anatomic abnormalities (eg, ureteral stricture or horseshoe kidney) must be taken into account.

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Most patients can undergo this procedure, which can often be done with IV sedation as opposed to general anesthesia.
Patients must be off blood thinners (eg, aspirin, plavix, coumadin, (warfarin) pradaxa) and have no active infection. Success rates are best in stones less than 2 cm. Anatomic abnormalities (eg, ureteral stricture or horseshoe kidney) must be taken into account.
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