How Possible Is Kidney Stone Removal?

Your doctor will base his decision on the type of kidney stone removal basing on your medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic and imaging studies. If the stone is small enough to pass through your urethra, your doctor may recommend some medications such as NSAIDs and alpha-blockers to help ease the pain as the stones pass through your urinary system. If the stones are too big to be removed without medical intervention, then several surgical means must be done in order to get them out.

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy or ESWL is the most common medical intervention recommended by doctors when removing kidney stones. You will sit inside a tub filled with water that is enough to cover your abdominal area. Water is needed for proper transmission of waves. Several waves are applied through your skin with the use of a machine. What's great about this procedure is that you will not need to go under the knife to get the stones out. You may need to have some local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending upon your pain threshold. The shock waves will help pulverize the crystals and the procedure will last for 45-50 minutes.

Another procedure for kidney stone removal is percutaneous nephrolithotomy. This procedure is done when the stones cannot be pulverized or too big to be removed by ESWL. You will be given general anesthesia so you will not be able to feel the pain of the incision. The incision is done at the back to access the kidney. A nephroscope is then inserted through the incision to look for the stones and bread them apart. The urologist will remove all the stone fragments through the nephroscope to make sure that no stones pass through the urinary tract.

Ureteroscopic stone removal is also another kidney stone removal technique done by doctors. This is done when the kidney stones are fixed at an area such as the kidneys or ureter. A small ureteroscope is passed along the urethrae to break up and capture the stone. Some doctors use laser to cut down the stones into fragments that are small enough to be passed out through urine or to be manually extracted by the surgeon. Some surgeons place in a stent that will help ease inflammation and promote healing.

To know more about these kidney stone removal techniques, have an appointment with your doctor and see which one will be most suited for your condition.

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Valued Contributor
To remove kidney stones you can only get drugs from the doctor.the doctor is in the right place to give you the exact drugs to use.if you use any drug it can worsen the problem and also damage the take prescribed drug only from doctor for a better life


VIP Contributor
You are right. To remove stone from the kidney one just need to consult doctor which will give the necessary drug that will cure and if it is surgery that the person will under go then they do it for the person. If one notice that self medication can not solve the problem visit doctor.