does the treatment for kidney stones hurt?

i found out the other day that i have kidney stones, and have have to have a wierd thing with sound waves (sorry i cant be more specific, i was nervouse and wasnt listening) to help get rid of the stones, i was just woundering, what exactlly does this treament do and does it hurt?? thanks

  1. Josh P., 19 February, 2011


    The procedure to remove the kidney stones is pretty simple and not scary at all. The ultrasound machine will be directed to your kidney area with no incisions and it will vibrate and brake up your kidney stones.

    Depending on the size you could pass the kidney stones with little to no pain/discomfort. Experiences can vary, but one thing is for certain you must get rid of them before they any bigger.

  2. Tego Gomez, 19 February, 2011

    its a piace of cake .. i had done it too … they use laser ray to destroy these stones .. its ok don’t worry … or u can destroy them by some kinds of medicines …
    c’mon be brave .. its ok

  3. Michael, 19 February, 2011

    Well, I would hope that they sedate you before the operation. But its not as simple as sound waves.

    In extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, shock waves are going to pass through water pouches placed on your skin and are aimed towards the stone. They break the stone into small pieces that can pass out through your ureter. Which is where your pee comes out of. If this doesn’t work they are going to have to stick a crushing device into your pee hole or bladder and do it manually.

    Yes this will hurt.

  4. Barb M, 19 February, 2011

    There is some discomfort or pain associated with this procedure. You will be put to sleep and laid in a tub of water or on a table (depending on what type of system they have), the stone will be sited in with x-ray machines, and then sound waves will be fired in through your side to blow up the stone. The gravel will then be able to be passed out but they may need to insert a stent (a small tube to keep the ureter (the tube between the kidney and the bladder) open wide enough to pass the stones. There is actually more discomfort from the stent than the actual procedure. You should take the pain pills if you need them (and do yourself a favor, take them at the first sign of pain, don’t wait until the pain/discomfort is bad) and drink two to three liters of fluids per day to pass the stones. You should be feeling better soon.

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