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41. Picture of Lithotripsy

Picture of Lithotripsy
Photo courtesy of Gramercy Urology Solutions
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For kidney stones that do not pass on their own, a procedure called lithotripsy is often used. In this procedure, shock waves are used to break up a large stone into smaller pieces that can then pass through the urinary system. Surgical techniques have also been developed to remove kidney stones. This may be done through a small incision in the skin (percutaneous nephrolithotomy) or through an instrument known as a ureteroscope that is passed through the urethra and bladder up into the ureter.

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Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD on July 17, 2008

Image Source: Photo courtesy of Gramercy Urology Solutions

Text: MedicineNet - Kidney Stones

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