Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost and Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Procedures Information

Lithotripsy is the use of high-energy shock waves to fragment and disintegrate kidney stones. The shock wave, created by using an electromagnetic impulse outside of the body, is focused on the stone. The shock wave shatters the stone, allowing the fragments to pass through the urinary system naturally during urination. Since the procedure is noninvasive meaning the shock wave is generated outside the body, the procedure is termed extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL).

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Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Averages Around the Country

Phoenix, AZ Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $16,300
Washington, DC Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $16,800
Philadelphia, PA Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $17,100
Houston, TX Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $15,300
Miami, FL Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $16,000
Dallas, TX Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $15,100
Chicago, IL Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $15,900
Los Angeles, CA Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $22,500
New York, NY Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $16,500
Atlanta, GA Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $15,100

Specific Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Procedures and National Cost Averages

Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal Surgery) Cost Average $19,000
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Featured Facilities that Perform Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal)

Name Location Average List Price
BEC Surgery Center Hot Springs , AR $13,800
Ashland Surgery Center Ashland , OR $18,500
Access Medical Center Mount Pleasant , WI $18,000
Promenades Surgery Center Port Charlotte , FL $15,800
Downing Mcpeak Surgery Center Glasgow , KY $14,600
Red Bluff Surgery Center Red Bluff , CA $22,400
Southpark Surgicare Owensboro , KY $14,600
Turning Point of the Finger Lakes Elmira , NY $15,400
Beauregard Memorial Hospital Deridder , LA $19,700
Northeast Regional Medical Center Kirksville , MO $13,500
Southern Maine Medical Center Biddeford , ME $13,900
Mercy Terrace Hill Surgical Center Des Moines , IA $16,000
Oregon Surgicenter Springfield , OR $18,500
Concord Ambulatory Surgery Center Concord , NH $19,500
Day Surgery and Recovery Center Dalton , GA $14,300
Ontario Surgery Center Ontario , OR $18,500
Sedalia Surgery Center Sedalia , MO $14,800
Oktibbeha County Hospital Starkville , MS $13,200
Pace Surgery Center Pace , FL $15,800
Outpatient Carecenter Birmingham , AL $14,100
Harrisburg Endoscopy and Surgery Center Harrisburg , PA $15,700
W. W. Hastings Indian Hospital Tahlequah , OK $25,800
Morton General Hospital Morton , WA $31,400
Upper Cumberland Physicians Surgery Center Cookeville , TN $14,400
White River Medical Center Batesville , AR $20,400
Gettysburg Ambulatory Surgical Center Gettysburg , PA $15,700
Franciscan Skemp - La Crosse Campus La Crosse , WI $12,300
Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Clinic-ASC Honolulu , HI $19,800
Palms Surgery Center Abbeville , LA $13,800
Waverly Health Center Waverly , IA $27,800

More about Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Procedures

Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone) Surgery Introduction

The most common method of Kidney Stone Surgery Removal involves sending the shock waves through padded cushions on the table. An older and less commonly used method involves the patient being placed in a tub of water, with shock waves sent through the water. This usually requires general anesthesia (asleep, no pain), but you may go home the same day. While the vast majority of kidney stones are treated with ESWL, not all stones can be treated this way. Sometimes a laser is used if ESWL is not effective or you cannot have ESWL for some reason. When a laser is used, the doctor must use an endoscope, which is a tube introduced into the body, via the urinary tract, to get close to the stone. In the case of large kidney stones, the doctor may also access the stones from your back into your kidney, through a procedure called percutaneous lithotripsy. This method requires a hospital stay. Your doctor will decide which type of surgery is best for you.

Kidney Stone Surgery Patient Preparation

A complete physical examination is done, along with diagnostic tests and a test to determine the number, location, and size of the stone or stones. This test is called an intravenous pyelogram, or IVP. It is particularly important to inform the physician of all medications or vitamins taken regularly or if you are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant) or if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention, and, finally, if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for the surgery; be sure to read and follow those instructions. You will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight. Arrangements may need to be made for transportation after the surgery is complete. If you are given a prescription for pain medication, have it filled prior to surgery.

What to expect during and after Kidney Stone Surgery (Lithotripsy)

The procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis and takes from 45 minutes to 1 hour. You will lie down on an exam table on top of a soft, water-filled cushion. Since lithotripsy can cause mild discomfort, you will be given a mild sedative or painkiller before the procedure starts. The stones are located using x-ray or ultrasound equipment and then high-energy shock waves, also called sound waves, pass through your body to the area on the kidney stones. When this starts, you may feel a tapping sensation on your skin. The procedure is continued until the waves break the stones into tiny pieces. A stent may be placed in the ureter to help the stone fragments (gravel) pass.

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will most often be discharged to your home. If you had percutaneous lithotripsy, you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. Before being discharged, you will be given instructions about care for your incisions, limits on activities and what you should do to aid your recovery. Extra fluids will be stressed. Most patients have a lot of blood in their urine after the ESWL procedure. This is normal and should clear after several days to a week or so. Your physician may give you additional or alternate instructions, depending on your particular situation. Notify your physician to report any of the following: fever and/or chills; burning with urination; urinary frequency or urgency; or lower back pain.

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