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How can shock wave lithotripsy treat kidney stones?

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This is the most common way to treat kidney stones in the U.S. It uses shock waves to blast the stone into little pieces so you can more easily pass them when you pee.

The treatment takes about an hour, and you can usually go home about an hour later.

You won’t need surgical cuts with shock wave lithotripsy, but you still may have some pain. You may get local anesthesia to numb the pain, or general anesthesia so you’re not awake during the procedure.

From: What Are Kidney Stones? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Stones in Adults.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Kidney Stones.”

Urology Care Foundation, The Official Foundation of the American Urological Association: “What are Kidney Stones?”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “5 steps for preventing kidney stones.”

University of Chicago: “Types of Kidney Stones: A Primer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 23, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Stones in Adults.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Kidney Stones.”

Urology Care Foundation, The Official Foundation of the American Urological Association: “What are Kidney Stones?”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “5 steps for preventing kidney stones.”

University of Chicago: “Types of Kidney Stones: A Primer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 23, 2018

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