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

Price Range
Atlanta, GA Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $3,700 - $10,000
Chicago, IL Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $3,900 - $10,500
Miami, FL Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $3,900 - $10,600
Los Angeles, CA Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $5,400 - $14,800
Houston, TX Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $3,700 - $10,100
Dallas, TX Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $3,700 - $10,000
Phoenix, AZ Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $4,300 - $11,900
New York, NY Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $4,000 - $10,900
Philadelphia, PA Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $4,200 - $11,300
Washington, DC Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Average $4,100 - $11,100

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

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Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal Surgery) Cost Average $9,700 - $41,600
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Featured Facilities that Perform Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal)

Name Location Price Range
Southeast Treatment Center Kingsland , GA $2,850 - $8,800
Athens Surgery Center Athens , OH $3,200 - $10,000
Craven Regional Medical Center New Bern , NC $2,100 - $6,600
Lakewalk Surgery Center Duluth , MN $3,400 - $10,400
Physicians Day Surgery Naples , FL $3,100 - $9,700
Red Bluff Surgery Center Red Bluff , CA $4,400 - $13,800
Ohio Valley Medical Center Wheeling , WV $2,775 - $8,800
Valley View Regional Hospital Ada , OK $2,550 - $8,000
Charleston Surgery Center North Charleston , SC $3,200 - $10,000
Cabell Huntington Surgery Center Huntington , WV $2,775 - $8,600
Clinton County Outpatient Surgery Wilmington , OH $3,200 - $10,000
Physicians' Day Surgery Center Fort Smith , AR $2,700 - $8,500
Plateau Medical Center Oak Hill , WV $4,900 - $15,300
Tracy Surgery Center Tracy , CA $4,400 - $13,800
East Morgan County Hospital Brush , CO $5,600 - $17,300
Kingston Ambulatory Surgical Center Kingston , NY $3,100 - $9,500
Rochelle Community Hospital Rochelle , IL $5,700 - $17,700
Bay Microsurgical Unit Georgetown , SC $3,200 - $10,000
King's Daughters' Hospital and Health Services Madison , IN $7,400 - $23,100
Outpatient Surgi-unit Toledo , OH $3,200 - $10,000
Binghamton General Hospital Binghamton , NY $4,300 - $13,300
Salem Surgery Center Salem , OR $3,700 - $11,400
Lawrence County Surgery Center New Castle , PA $3,100 - $9,700
Viewmont Surgery Center Hickory , NC $3,200 - $9,900
Baptist Saint Anthony's - Baptist Campus Amarillo , TX $3,300 - $10,400
Oregon Surgery Center Roseburg , OR $3,700 - $11,400
Red Cedar Medical Center Menomonie , WI $5,600 - $17,600
Zanesville Surgery Center Zanesville , OH $3,200 - $10,000
South Alabama Outpatient Services Enterprise , AL $2,775 - $8,700
Speare Memorial Hospital Plymouth , NH $5,900 - $18,400

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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