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How are bladder stones treated?

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If you have small bladder stones, you might be able to drink a lot of water to get them to pass through on their own. But if you can’t empty your bladder, this may not work.

If they don’t pass on their own, your doctor may suggest:

Breaking the stones into pieces. This is a procedure called cystolitholapaxy. Your doctor first does a cystoscopy to find the stones. Then, she uses ultrasound, laser, or some other tool through the cystoscope to break up the stones and flush out the tiny pieces.

Surgery. If the stones are too large to break up, you may need to have surgery to open your bladder and remove them.

From: What Are Bladder Stones? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.Org: “Kidney and Bladder Stones.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bladder Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Stones.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “The Urinary Tract and How It Works.”

PubMed: “How does the prostate work?”

UpToDate: “Pelvic organ prolapse in women”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

RadiologyInfo.Org: “Kidney and Bladder Stones.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bladder Stones.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bladder Stones.”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “The Urinary Tract and How It Works.”

PubMed: “How does the prostate work?”

UpToDate: “Pelvic organ prolapse in women”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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