Midwest Stone Institute
What to Expect After Lithotripsy Treatment
Most patients will pass blood in the urine after the procedure. This is to be expected. Some patients, especially those with large stones, experience discomfort, fever or intestinal upset as the stone particles pass. Discomfort levels vary from none to a level of pain requiring narcotic pain relievers; however, most patients have very little discomfort and mild pain tablets are usually all that are needed. It will take from two weeks to three months for most of the granular particles to be washed from the kidney.
Patients undergoing lithotripsy will normally be outpatients and be able to go home the same day. After treatment, a diet high in liquids will be recommended to aid in passage of the stone fragments. Total recovery time after lithotripsy treatment is only one week or less.
During the months following treatment, there is an excellent possibility that you will pass all of your stone fragments. However, even if you do not, in most cases these stones cause no symptoms and do not require further treatment.
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