Laser lithotripsy removes kidney stones from the urinary tract via a thin laser fiber inserted into the urethra. It is an alternative to extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL).
If sound wave lithotripsy does not remedy your kidney stones, then you may fare better with this treatment method.
How is laser lithotripsy performed?
- A thin, flexible laser fiber is inserted into your urethra where it makes its way up to your bladder. The fiber then fires laser energy at the stones and breaks them apart, similar to ESWL however with much more precision and effectiveness. Unlike ESWL, laser lithotripsy is not limited by size, location or hardness of the stones.
Recovery for Laser Lithotripsy
Because the invasive nature of this procedure, you will need general anesthesia and hospital stay as a result. You will experience nausea and fatigue due to the anesthesia, so be sure to follow your post-surgical instructions.