Kidney Stone Laser Surgery

A lodged kidney stone can be treated by using kidney stone laser surgery or laser lithotripsy. A ureteroscope is sent through the ureter to the offending stone or stones and a laser is used to break up the stone or stones into small pieces that are then retrieved using a basket like device. A ureteral stent may be left in place to prevent further blockage and promote proper healing as the location may swell due to the trauma of the event.


From the feedback I have received here at kidneystone911.com, this procedure can be as uncomfortable although not as painful as the passing of a stone itself. It is not something to look forward to, to say the least. Ouch!

If you have experienced this procedure, I would like to hear about it. So would thousands of kidneystone911 readers as well. Please share your story below.

Bleeding is a possible side effect, but most patients are back to normal within a couple of days.

Laser lithotripsy, has become the preferred and most effective method of removing problem stones after other kidney stone treatments have failed.

Obviously, avoiding surgery is most desired but how.

Things to consider:

-herbal remedies

-natural home remedies

-medications

-supplements like potassium citrate and magnesium citrate.

-water intake...lots! (lots of urine too)

-exercise

-dietary changes (also beverages)

-educate yourself (kidneystone911.com)

Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy

Laser surgery may also mean ESWL (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy) to some people. ESWL does not require invasive surgery but involves “shooting” impulse waves into the kidneys to break up the stones. The stones are then small enough to pass with relatively less pain.

ESWL seems to be the preferred method of physicians for treating kidney stones once other methods have proved ineffective. The procedure is quick, safe and provides for quick recovery.

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Kidney or Stone (PCNL, Lithotripsy and Stents) 
My saga started a year ago when I had tests done from my doctor, although I had no pain but bladder infections that would not clear. I was sent to a urologist …

5 mm stone story 
Pain was unbearable trip to ER on Friday evening. 5hrs later blood tests CT scan 5mm stone discovered. Prescribed oryx condone... see my Uroligst on Monday, …

the size of a golf ball 
Well my kidney stone was the size of a golf ball I just passed it.I have had surgery for my kidneys a year ago.They had to crush seven stones up so I could …

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Yesterday I went in for the laser removal of a size 7mm kidney stone. The surgery took about an hour and a half and I was completely under with anesthesia. …

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Had laser lithotripsy procedure on a Thursday at 7a. Was home by 12p. In bed resting 2 days taking oxydcodone for the pain. If you don't take …

manish Not rated yet
I operated myself due to stone . After six month i feel some problem in urine discharge(pain & blood ). Still I am on teatment but no improvement . …

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My story begins the day after christmas. Trip to the ER and sent home 5hrs later. Next day Trip to the ER, moripine and CT 6mm stone right side, 3mm left …

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