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Avoid Kidney Stone Surgery

Kidney Stone Surgery Alternative

If your kidney stone is larger than 5mm (1/4 inch) in diameter it will most likely pass through the urinary tract without the need for medical intervention. Almost 95% of the kidney stone cases do not undergo surgery and will pass only though pill prescriptions and with a dedicated kidney stone diet. As the sufferer waits for the stone to pass a douse of pain killers may allow for a more comfortable waiting period. Those kidney stones ranging between 5mm to 10mm (1/2 inch) are not likely to pass on their own as they continue to grow. These larger kidney stones will likely need to be removed by surgery or by lithrotripsy. Some kidney stones have become as large as golf balls. Large stones usually remain in the kidney without symptoms, however they may damage the kidney.


Kidney stone surgery is done by making an incision to the abdominal area or the side near the kidney. The surgeon then physically enters the kidney and removes the offending stones. After removing the stones from the kidney a small drain or catheter is installed to eliminate urine as the kidney heals. You may have some blood in the urine catheter for a day or two  after the  operation. Once this clears and you are able to get out of bed  easily, the  catheter will be taken out. It is important that you pass urine  properly after the catheter is out. The second day after the operation you should be able to spend  most of your  time out of bed and in reasonable comfort. By the end of one week  the wound  should be virtually pain-free.


The lithrotripsy kidney stone removal device fragments kidney stones by  the use of extra corporeal shock wave lithrotripsy (ESWL). This process can be anywhere from one to three hours long process. It uses high energy shock waves which are focused directly at the location of the stone, locating the stones position by using x-ray technology. The kidney stone sufferer is partially anaesthetized and suspended in a tub of warm water. New machines have eliminated the need for the tub of warm water and now use a bag of water that is placed directly on the patients body which allows the shock waves to transfer with needing to be submerged. The process is repeated as many times as required to dissipate stone size to a manageable natural passing proportion. The remaining stones fragments will pass over a period of time. The stone fragments are often jagged and sharp and still cause discomfort and pain.

Kidney stone surgery can pose some risks to the patient. Some possible known side effects are continuous bleeding, risk of infections and a potential risk that the kidney could be irreparably damaged by the surgery making it unable to function properly. Other forms of alternative kidney stone treatment are also available. Please be sure to consult with your physician regarding other potential treatment options.

The remedies listed above are not intended to replace medical care. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from kidney stones, see your doctor immediately.


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