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Is non-surgical kidney stone removal a lot cheaper than doing the surgery?

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Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: It depends

It depends on what you mean.
If you truly mean no surgery then it is almost by definition cheaper. However, the hidden costs of observation are in the amount of lost productivity due to being unable to work or go to school, the costs of er visits to treat pain, nausea, and vomiting, and the costs of the medications which help facilitate passage and control pain.

In brief: It depends

It depends on what you mean.
If you truly mean no surgery then it is almost by definition cheaper. However, the hidden costs of observation are in the amount of lost productivity due to being unable to work or go to school, the costs of er visits to treat pain, nausea, and vomiting, and the costs of the medications which help facilitate passage and control pain.
Dr. David Vandersteen
Dr. David Vandersteen
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In brief: Stones

There is no non-surgical stone removal unless you mean lithotrpsy or you have utica acid stones that can be dissolved by meds.

In brief: Stones

There is no non-surgical stone removal unless you mean lithotrpsy or you have utica acid stones that can be dissolved by meds.
Dr. Richard Sarle
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Dr. James Lin
Urology

In brief: Here are some...

Most of surgeons have no clear idea about how much ti cost to remove stone from urinary tract.
I am sure either way is not cheap. But, most reasonable way to know is to call the hospital for cost inquiry. Best wish...

In brief: Here are some...

Most of surgeons have no clear idea about how much ti cost to remove stone from urinary tract.
I am sure either way is not cheap. But, most reasonable way to know is to call the hospital for cost inquiry. Best wish...
Dr. James Lin
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Dr. James Krick
Urology

In brief: ESWL

Noninvasive kidney stone removal is likely what you're referring to.
Eswl (extra corporeal shock wave lithotripsy) unfortunately is just as expensive as other more invasive surgical treatments.

In brief: ESWL

Noninvasive kidney stone removal is likely what you're referring to.
Eswl (extra corporeal shock wave lithotripsy) unfortunately is just as expensive as other more invasive surgical treatments.
Dr. James Krick
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