Kidney Stone Surgery

What is kidney stone surgery?

Kidney stone surgery is performed to remove a kidney stone that is too large to pass on its own. This surgery may also be performed on people who experience a lot of pain as a result of a kidney stone, or if the stone is blocking the flow of urine or causing multiple urinary tract infections (UTIs). Kidney stones are hard deposits composed of calcium, uric acid and other minerals and waste products that form in the kidneys. Over time, these stones can grow in size. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Shelby Morrisroe utilizes two different types of kidney stone surgeries: ESWL and ureteroscopy.

What is ESWL?

ESWL stands for Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy. During the procedure, shock waves are administered under X-ray guidance to the kidney stone while the patient is under general anesthesia. The stone is broken up into tiny fragments and particles that will then pass through the urine over the next few days. Sometimes a ureteral stent is placed at the same time as the ESWL procedure to assist in passing fragments. A ureteral stent is a thin tube that is inserted into the ureter to assist urine flow from the kidney.

What is Ureteroscopy?

During the procedure, a small scope is passed into the bladder and then into the ureter or kidney where the stone is. A tiny laser is then used to break up the stone into tiny fragments and particles, which are then removed. Usually a ureteral stent is placed temporarily at the end of the procedure to assist with post-operative swelling. This is a minor, outpatient procedure done under sedation.

Schedule a free consultation at our office in Torrance, California

To learn more about kidney stone surgery, and to discuss the different procedure options with a knowledgeable urologist, contact Dr. Morrisroe. You can set up your free consultation by giving us a call at (310) 542-0199, or by using our online scheduling form. If you are suffering through a painful kidney stone, Dr. Morrisroe can provide the medical help you need. Schedule today.


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