Kidney Stone Surgery: What You Need to Know

Approximately 1 in every 500 Americans get kidney stones each year. Kidney stones are notorious for being unbearably painful, and if there was one clear reason for how and why they occurred it would be easier to try to avoid them. What specialists do know is that they are formed when there is more crystal-forming substances in your urine than fluid. Because of this, the fluid is unable to dilute the crystal-forming substances and small crystal, rock-like structures start to build up in your kidneys.

How to Treat Kidney Stones

As the old adage goes, “It’s like passing a kidney stone.” It’s true, you can pass these on your own, but if you can avoid doing so it is highly recommended. Passing kidney stones is incredibly painful. It is highly recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible and schedule a surgery to have them removed. There are a few different surgical options for kidney stone removal, but the most common type involves lasers.

What is Kidney Stone Surgery Like?

You will be asleep for kidney stone surgical procedures. After you are asleep a surgeon will pass a ureteroscope through your urethra and bladder until it finds the location of the kidney stone. At that point a laser is used. A lithotripsy laser is a laser that is specifically used to for the treatment of kidney stones. These specific lasers are used to split up all of the kidney stones into small pieces which can then be removed more easily.

Kidney Stone Surgery Recovery

You will probably experience some degree of pain for a couple of days after the procedure, and may even notice blood in your urine. Some patients need to return after a couple of weeks to make sure all of the stones were removed. If not, most patients can expect to recover from kidney stone surgery in 4 – 6 weeks.

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