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My doc said that only ultrasound blasting & no other medications can really get rid of kidney stones, is this true?

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Dr. Phillip Porch
General Practice
4 doctors agree

In brief: Probably

Uric acid stones can be dissolved medically but calcium stones cannot.

In brief: Probably

Uric acid stones can be dissolved medically but calcium stones cannot.
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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably

Kidney stones if small may pas spontaneously, but if large need to broken up by ultrasound [lithotrypsy] sotnes cannot usually be dissolved by medications.

In brief: Probably

Kidney stones if small may pas spontaneously, but if large need to broken up by ultrasound [lithotrypsy] sotnes cannot usually be dissolved by medications.
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Dr. Michael Yu
Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes...and no.

There are several different ways to get rid of stones.
Eswl, or blasting, is one method. Endoscopy and laser lithotripsy is another, as is percutaneous nephrolithotomy (going thru the back to remove the stone). Choice of method usually depends on location and size of the stone. Uric acid stones can be dissolved, as well as some infection (struvite) stones, but this needs to be monitored.

In brief: Yes...and no.

There are several different ways to get rid of stones.
Eswl, or blasting, is one method. Endoscopy and laser lithotripsy is another, as is percutaneous nephrolithotomy (going thru the back to remove the stone). Choice of method usually depends on location and size of the stone. Uric acid stones can be dissolved, as well as some infection (struvite) stones, but this needs to be monitored.
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: ?size + composition

Most kidney stones consist of calcium salts.
Small ones <6mm usually pass on their own. Some smallish stones can be broken up by ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy. Electro-shockwave lithotripsy is ideal for stones up to 1.5cm. Larger and "staghorn" calculi usually require percutaneous nephroscopic lithotripsy. Involves placing tube thru back into kidney and removing by laser or mechanically.

In brief: ?size + composition

Most kidney stones consist of calcium salts.
Small ones <6mm usually pass on their own. Some smallish stones can be broken up by ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy. Electro-shockwave lithotripsy is ideal for stones up to 1.5cm. Larger and "staghorn" calculi usually require percutaneous nephroscopic lithotripsy. Involves placing tube thru back into kidney and removing by laser or mechanically.
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