This procedure uses shock waves to break up larger kidney stones into smaller fragments. These fragments are then passed through the urinary tract. This process takes about an hour and a light sedative is used to keep you comfortable.
This procedure is used to remove stones within the ureter or the kidney. This is done as an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia. Using a small, flexible scope (camera), we enter the bladder and then the ureter to the level of the stone and use a wire basket to remove the stone. A small, temporary stent (tube to keep ureter open) is left in place and will be removed in the office in one week.