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Lithotripsy is a non-invasive procedure that uses shock or laser waves to break up stones in the kidney and parts of the ureter.
The Lithotripsy procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour to perform. Usually anaesthesia (local, regional, or general) is given so no pain is experienced.
After the procedure, stone debris is removed from the kidneys or ureter in the urine. The recovery time is usually fairly brief. After treatment, the patient can get up to walk almost at once. Many people can fully resume daily activities within one to two days. Special diets are not required but drinking plenty of water helps the stone fragments pass. This may take several weeks.
The main advantage of this treatment is that many patients may be treated for kidney stones without surgery. As a result, complications, hospital stays, costs and recovery time are reduced.
The Lithotripsy unit is located on the 3rd floor.