Need any information on the above two procedures, if anyone has undergone such for kidney stones. Such as: how long procedure takes, to downtime before returning to work, pain tolerance if any? etc! Thanks so much for your input and time!
I've had lithotripsy, as for how long it takes it depends on how many stones and the size of the stone(s) it usually can take up to an hour you will be put to sleep for this procedure.
Most doctors put a stent in you because pieces (fragments) of the stone will be lingering in you until you pass them and the stent will help you pass them without damaging your ureter tube(s).
Which type are you having done? The laser lithotripsy or the ESWL (extra corporeal shock wave lithotripsy)?
Are they going in through the urethra and bladder or doing it outside the body?
As for pain everyone is different and if you have a stent in you will feel uncomfortable with that.
Returning to work is usually within a day or two, depending on how you are feeling,how long the procedure was and what the doctor found.
Lithotomy is when they cut you to remove the stones and it is also the position they put you in when prepping for a cysto.
Appreciate the quick info. This is for my husband who has had and passed enough kidney stones to make a necklace and a bracelet. Bless his heart. He went this morning and was told if this did not pass, then this was the procedure they would have to perform. I was curious as to how this worked. My brother actually goes from hospital to hospital with his equipment( laser) and zaps kidney stones on a daily basuis...I jsut didn't connect the dots! I have no idea type/size of stone. I do thank you so very much for all the useful information! HUGS!