Boston, MA Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Cost Comparison

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A Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) in Boston costs $8,087 on average when you take the median of the 34 medical providers who perform Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) procedures in Boston, MA. There are 1 different types of Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) provided in Boston, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the Boston providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal Surgery) Cost Average $5,000 - $13,700 Free Quote

Compare Lithotripsy (Kidney Stone Removal) Providers in Boston, MA

Facility City Type
Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites Waltham Ambulatory Surgical Center
Caritas Holy Family Hospital Methuen Acute Care Hospital
Tufts-new England Medical Center Boston Acute Care Hospital
Beverly Hospital Beverly Acute Care Hospital
New England Ambulatory Surgicenter Cambridge Ambulatory Surgical Center
Caritas Carney Hospital Dorchester Acute Care Hospital
Northeast Surgical Care Newington Ambulatory Surgical Center
Eastern Massachusetts Surgery Center Norwood Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newton-Wellesley Hospital Newton Acute Care Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital Boston Acute Care Hospital
Merrimack Valley Hospital Haverhill Acute Care Hospital
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston Acute Care Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital Boston Acute Care Hospital
Barrington Surgical Care Barrington Ambulatory Surgical Center
NSMC Union Hospital Lynn Acute Care Hospital
South Shore Hospital South Weymouth Acute Care Hospital
Northeast Ambulatory Center Stoneham Ambulatory Surgical Center
Marlborough Hospital Marlborough Acute Care Hospital
Mount Auburn Hospital Cambridge Acute Care Hospital
The Cambridge Hospital Cambridge Acute Care Hospital
Andover Surgery Center Andover Ambulatory Surgical Center
Salem Surgery Center Salem Ambulatory Surgical Center
Winchester Hospital Winchester Acute Care Hospital
Faulkner Hospital Boston Acute Care Hospital
Lawrence General Hospital Lawrence Acute Care Hospital
Nashoba Valley Medical Center Ayer Acute Care Hospital
Milton Hospital Milton Acute Care Hospital
Lahey Clinic Medical Center Burlington Acute Care Hospital
Derry Surgery Center Derry Ambulatory Surgical Center
Wentworth-douglass Hospital Dover Acute Care Hospital
Caritas Norwood Hospital Norwood Acute Care Hospital
Metrowest Medical Center - Framingham Union Hospital Framingham Acute Care Hospital
Jordan Hospital Plymouth Acute Care Hospital
Melrose Wakefield Hospital Melrose Acute Care Hospital

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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