Shock Wave and Laser Lithotripsy
Although many kidney stones pass through the urinary tract without medical intervention, some cases require treatment from a medical professional. At Loma Linda University Medical Center, we provide shock wave and laser lithotripsy, minimally invasive procedures that break up kidney stones.
Once the stones are detected in x-ray or ultrasound images, high energy sound waves or lasers are directed toward the patient's kidney stone and break it into small pieces. These pieces can usually pass unassisted through the urinary tract, but sometimes a small stint is inserted to help the pieces pass through.
A mild sedative or pain killer is provided to the patient as shock wave and laser lithotripsy can cause some discomfort. The procedure usually takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour and does not require an overnight hospital stay.
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