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What is open surgery for kidney stones?

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Open surgery might be an option if your kidney stone is very oversized or your doctor can't take it out with other treatments. You’ll be sedated and not awake. Your surgeon cuts through your side to reach the kidney, then takes the stone out through the opening. You may need to stay in the hospital for a few days. It can take 4-6 weeks for you to fully recover. Your surgeon usually will ask a lab to identify the type of stone, so you might be able to take meds to avoid them in the future.

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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