Kidney stones are one of the most common—and painful—disorders of the urinary tract. North Kansas City Hospital offers a safe and effective nonsurgical procedure for treating kidney stones called shock wave lithotripsy.
Innovative Treatment for Kidney Stones
During the hour-long procedure, performed under sedation, high-energy sound waves pass through your body and into the kidney stones. These carefully directed waves break up the stones into small, sand-like pieces that will pass out of the body with your urine.
The Hospital partners with the Mid America Kidney Stone Association (MAKSA) to provide this procedure on the Hospital campus every Thursday. MAKSA staff perform the procedure while Hospital staff provide before and after care.
Preparing for Lithotripsy
On the day of the procedure, you’ll check in and recover in the Main Hospital Surgery. At admission, you’ll be asked to complete any necessary forms, have your vital signs taken and be weighed. An X-ray will be done to pinpoint the exact location of the stone. Nursing staff will administer medication before the procedure. Recovery involves on average one to two hours of monitoring.
For more information on lithotripsy at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1366.
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