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What are percutaneous nephrolithotomy or percutaneous nephrolithotripsy to help treat kidney stones?

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Percutaneous nephrolithotomy or percutaneous nephrolithotripsy are similar procedures. They may be an option if your kidney stone is large or if other procedures fail to break them down enough. Your doctor uses a thin tube to reach the stone and them removes (nephrolithotomy) or breaks (nephrolithotripsy) it. You will be given drugs so you won’t be awake or feel pain. You'll likely have to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days.

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Kidney Stones."

Mayo Clinic: "Kidney Stones Definition," "Kidney Stones Symptoms," "Kidney Stones Treatment."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Treatment for Kidney Stones in Adults."

National Kidney Foundation: "Kidney Stones," "Kidney Stone Treatment: Shock Wave Lithotripsy," "Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy/Nephrolithotripsy."

Saint Luke's Health System: "Treating Kidney Stones: Open Surgery."

Urology Care Foundation: "How Are Kidney Stones Treated?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 07, 2017

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Kidney Stones."

Mayo Clinic: "Kidney Stones Definition," "Kidney Stones Symptoms," "Kidney Stones Treatment."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Treatment for Kidney Stones in Adults."

National Kidney Foundation: "Kidney Stones," "Kidney Stone Treatment: Shock Wave Lithotripsy," "Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy/Nephrolithotripsy."

Saint Luke's Health System: "Treating Kidney Stones: Open Surgery."

Urology Care Foundation: "How Are Kidney Stones Treated?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 07, 2017

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