Lithotripsy -- your experience?

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Carolina dorkburger

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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:42:50 PM
I'm scheduled for one on Monday and am just curious as to what to expect.

Anyone? Lay it on me -- good, bad, or ugly.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:03:05 PM
It's a breeze. I had mine in OPS. Though others have commented that they had theirs in the dr office?! So they put me under..and use sound waves to crush the kidney stone. Ya wake up..done. No pain. nothing. My uro likes to do it in OPS just in case he has to put a stent in. He didnt.
Ended up the litho did NOT remove all of my stone. It crushed them flat..but they got I had to go BACK in and have a cystoscopy, which was much harder, more pain afterwards, and then ended up with a stent.
So I hope the litho works for you!!

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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:07:29 PM
For kidney stones, heel spurs or tennis elbow?

I was in the clinical trial for heel spurs in 2000. It was awesome!

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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:13:11 PM
Kidney stones. I didn't know they did it for other stuff, ha!

Cindy, thx for the info!


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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:44:34 PM
Litho is SOOO not even close to a C-sec. Not even close. A c-sec they cut ya open..there is deep incison pain.
Litho is sound waves..just muscle soreness.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:23:50 PM
I just had this done on my left side in Nov. There is no pain but I did have some bruising at the site. It was tender, like a bruise, but that's it. Since then, I've had more xrays to check on the stones, and like a PP, it didn't totally get rid of them. There are several fragments that we're hoping will pass on their own. I go back in March to check again. I also have about 5 stones in the right side, but so far they aren't giving me any problems, so I guess we'll just wait and see with them. The procedure itself is a breeze.

Never had a c-section, but my DD did, and this procedure is NOTHING like that. Don't worry about it at all, but I really hope it gets rid of your stones.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:37:58 PM
I had one two years ago this month. Honestly the procedure was a breeze ... I didn't even end up with bruising or soreness. My stone which was 6 mm broke into two smaller pieces and I passed the larger one about a week later. Compared to the excruciating pain from the stone the lithotripsy was a blip on the map!

Hope you are feeling better soon

*** edited to add that the lithotripsy was NOTHING like my c-sections!

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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:54:42 PM
I wish you the best of luck. It's got to be better then the procedurei had done last week. I don't know what my procedure was called but they went up with a laser to break up the stone, which I found out was 7 mm! They put a stent in and since then I have been miserable. It sounds like the procedure you are having is not nearly as bad, sure wish that would have been offered to me.
I hope it all goes well for you.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 5:53:14 AM
I have had it done 2 times. The 1st the stone was So HUGE they took a pic of it to show everyone. said it was one of the biggest.
after I came too, it hurt like he... to pee & it hurt to pee for many days. IT did get better daily
THE NEXT TIME When I got up to pee, there was not one pain or discomfort at all. IT was TOTALLY PAINLESS the second time.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 6:18:05 AM
I had a 9 mm stone about 6 years ago. That sucker wasn't moving anywhere. They blasted it with lithotripsy and got it.

They put me to sleep. I was out for about 1/2 hour. Went home. That afternoon I had a little bit of a pinching sensation when peeing and there was "gravel" in my pee when I strained it; peed the blasted stone right out.

Worked great. Good luck!

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Posted: 1/11/2013 8:17:49 AM
My stone was stuck in the ureter, not in the kidney, which was easier to deal with bruising wise, had none. With Lithotripsy it was light sedation, and took a very short time. The room they did it in was right off the prep area. Unfortunately my stone damaged the ureter and even after all the pieces came out they had to go in a month later and do a cystoscopy/ureteroscopy to open the ureter and put in a stent, that was under full anesthea in the operating room.

ETA: anything to relieve the pain is worth it! And I didn't have the rolling on the floor pain, just constant discomfort for 6 weeks before the lithotripsy.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:09:36 AM
I had the procedure done twice now. The procedure itself is a breeze. I had to put under both times, probably because of the sheer size of the stones. I had to have a stint the last time, and that was brutal. I wanted to cry almost every time I went to the bathroom, and it was just incredibly uncomfortable. I am pretty short, and there seems to be some correlation between stint use and pain. I hugged the nurse who removed it the following week. Hopefully you won't have to have a stint!

Good luck!

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Posted: 1/11/2013 10:24:16 AM
I had one several years ago. They did an epidural. I remember when they started I felt a pain like someone slapped my back with a metal ruler. I said ouch, and that is all I remember until I woke up in recovery room. I ended up with an epidural headache afterwards, which was 100 times worse than the litho.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:24:31 AM
I don't remember the procedure because you
are you put under anesthetic but I do
remember having it done at 5pm one evening
and I was on a flight pain free the next morning.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:32:31 AM

I don't know if anyone else had this experience, but along with all of the other comments above, I wanted to add one thing - the first time I had to use the bathroom after the procedure, it didn't hurt BUT the toilet bowl was FULL of blood and it freaked me out. It didn't even occur to me that that would happen and no one warned ME about it, so, do not be alarmed if that happens to you. It wasn't JUST blood, it was obviously mixed with urine but it looked like black cherry koolade. Don't drink it!

I am just being silly. I have had the procedure done twice and both times were pretty much very easy to handle pain-wise, considering the pain you are already dealing with having a kidney stone.

Good luck, and don't fret about it over the weekend. It's not that bad. Feel better soon!



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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:45:11 AM
I had both a ueteroscopy (2008) and lithotripsy (2012) for stones. Both were done under general anesthesia in the hospital. The first one required a stent since the 7mm stone was stuck in the ureter. The lithotripsy was much easier..... no stent, no pain, no memorable discomfort. Dont worry.... it will be a piece of cake!
As a FYI.... I never had pain with my stones beforehand... I had 'silent stones'. Scarey!!!
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