Lithotripsy

Lithotripsy
Lithotripsy is a medical procedure that uses shock waves to break up stones in the kidney, bladder, or ureter (tube that carries urine from your kidneys to your bladder). After the procedure, the tiny pieces of stones pass out of your body in your urine.

Description
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the most common type of lithotripsy. "Extracorporeal" means outside the body.

You will wear a medical gown and lie on an exam table on top of a soft, water-filled cushion. You will be given a mild sedative or pain medicine before the procedure starts. You will also be given antibiotics before the procedure starts to prevent infection.

High-energy shock waves, also called sound waves, will pass through your body until they hit the kidney stones. You may feel a tapping sensation when this starts. The waves break the stones into tiny pieces. Often, you will be given general anesthesia for the procedure. You will be asleep and pain-free.

The lithotripsy procedure should take about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

A tube may be placed through your bladder or back into your kidney. This tube will drain urine from your kidney until all the small pieces of stone pass out of your body. The tube may be put in place before or after your lithotripsy treatment.

Why the Procedure is Performed
Lithotripsy is used to remove kidney stones that are causing:

  • Bleeding
  • Damage to your kidney
  • Pain
  • Urinary tract infections

Risks
Lithotripsy is usually safe. Ask your doctor about these possible complications.

  • Bleeding around your kidney, which may need a blood transfusion
  • Kidney infection
  • Pieces of the stone block urine flow from your kidney (this may cause severe pain or damage to your kidney)
  • Pieces of stone are left in your body (you may need more treatments)
  • Ulcers in your stomach or small intestine
  • Your kidneys may not work as well, or they may stop working, after the procedure


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