Stones are small calcium rock-like solids that can be formed anywhere in your
urinary system. It is more common to find them in your kidneys than in any
other location of the urinary system. This stones can be as large as 6 cm or as
small as .5 cm and they can be formed in multiple areas.. You will notice you
have kidney stones mainly after pain during urination and it is recommended to
get tested immediately to determine the size and location of the stone(s) to
remove it before it gets bigger or complicated. Not removing a kidney stone can
cause kidney permanent failure which can lead to death. A great recommendation
to avoid future kidney stone issues is to drink plenty of water and perform
moderate daily exercise.
do Kidney Stone Removal surgery is performed at Family Hospital?
The most common and effective method to
remove kidney stones known worldwide is through Extracorporeal Shock Wake
Lithotripsy ( ESWL ). At the family hospital this is no exception. This high energy technology helps dissolve these
calcium stones into granular fractions but it must be done carefully. The
first thing we need to know is we must identify the exact size of the stones
and exact location. We can find this out throw a spiral tomography or ultrasound testing. Once
we know the exact location and size of the stone we will be able to determine
if we can remove it in 1 stage, 2 stages or if it's not healthy to remove it at
all because of where it is located. The surgery can take between 40 min to 2 hours for
the entire process. Stones larger than 2 mm is best to break them down in 2
stages because of possible damage to the tissue. We do not take unnecessary
risks at Family Hospital which is why it is important to always follow our
surgeons' recommendation. If the 2nd stage of surgery needs to take
place we can perform it the following day or as soon as our kidney stone removal
team feel is safe. After your surgery, you will wake up in the recovery room
followed by your private hospital room. The surgery is performed under blockage
anesthesia. Tests will be performed during and after your surgery to ensure the
outcome of the surgery.
Day 1- Arrival
in Airport, transportation to the hospital for Pre-Op testing and physical
consultation. Rest in Hospital
day, rest in the hospital Day 3- Patient
eligible to go to the hotel for an extra night of recovery if flying back home. In the case that a 2nd stage of surgery is required we would do it on this day.
Day 4- The patient should be eligible
to go back home
Next steps 1. Complete the medical Intake
Form 2. Please send us your medical
reports where it states the observations by your local doctor in regards to
your kidney stone(s). This report will help us determine your final quote 3. Please discuss with your Case
Manager any Questions or concerns in regards to your procedure 4. Please discuss with your case
manager any medications that you are currently taking. 5. Once approval and details are understood,
your Case Manager will assist you with your travel arrangements and an
itinerary will be provided to you.
- It is common to bleed while
urinating for the first 1-2 days post-surgery - It is common to feel a bit of
back pain or swollenness after surgery - We will provide you with
medications that you must take after your surgery - We will provide with a list of
drinks that may be the reason why these stones have been created as well as other
ways to prevent this from happening again - Please follow the doctor’s
1. What do I need to get approved? A medical intake, and a CT Urography.
2. How do I know if my stone will be removed in one session? It depends on the location and size of the stone. Usually, it only takes one session if it's 5cm or less.
3. Will you go back to normal life after the stone is removed? Yes
4. What can I do to avoid having stones again after the surgery? Our recommendation is to drink 2 liters of water daily.