What should I expect after my lithotripsy?
Your stone will have broken up into small pieces and sand as a result of your treatment. You will need to strain your urine for the next several days, so you will earn the correct way to strain. During this process, bits of stone will be naturally passed out of your body through your urine. Drink at least 1 - 2 quarts of water each day. Avoid alcohol for the next 24 hours after treatment.
If you notice your urine is red when you are straining, please be aware that this is perfectly normal and is likely blood that has been mixed with the urine when the shock waves passed through the kidney. Call your urologist if you experience clots each time you urinate or if the urine looks thick and bright red.
You may notice bruises on your back or side. Apply ice packs to the area of bruising to help with this discomfort. If you were prescribed a pain medication by your doctor, you may take it as directed. However, avoid any aspirin-containing product or drugs like ibuprofen unless directed by your physician for the next 48 hours after treatment.
Will I be asleep for my lithotripsy?
Yes, general anesthesia will be given to you by an anesthesiologist. Usually, this is done by intravenous (IV) medications.
Will I Be in a Tub of Water for This Procedure?
No. The 1st generation lithotripters required submersion in a tub of water. Our machine allows the patient to lie on a table against a water filled cushion.
Do I Need a Ride Home?
YES. Because you will be receiving anesthesia, it is a requirement for all patients to have a responsible adult at the site before the patient is discharged to receive the discharge instructions and to drive you home.
Are There Medicines That I Should Stop Before Having Lithotripsy Treatment?
There are a large number of medicines that the patient will need to stop taking before having lithotripsy treatment.
Please contact your urologist if you have any questions about current medications. They will provide you a list of medicines that should not be taken before treatment.
What Do I Do if I Have Pain or Bleeding After My Procedure?
Some bleeding and discomfort is to be expected in the days following treatment. If you are concerned about discomfort or bleeding after the procedure, you should call your urologist who will be able to discuss your individual symptoms.
What if the pain or bleeding is excessive after treatment?
We have a 24-hour call center for severe emergency cases, and if the doctor is unavailable for any reason. Please call if you experience severe pain or bleeding following treatment.