Your kidney stones have been treated with ESWL (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy). That means breaks the stones without placing any instruments inside the body. Once the stones are broken up they can travel down the ureter (the tube leading from the kidney to the bladder) and into the bladder more easily.
You can expect some frequency, urgency and burning with urination for a few days. You may take the medications prescribed. You may have some redness and bruising over the treatment area.
If the pain is not relieved with medicines, call the urology department.
- You may have a plastic tube in the ureter. This tube is called a stent and protects the ureter and kidney while the ureter is healing. This stent remains in place for a time. You will receive instructions for the when and how stent will be removed.
- Strain your urine every time you urinate and save the pieces. The pieces will look like sand or small pebbles and may be brown or black. Bring them to your next office visit.
You may return to your normal diet immediately. Because of the raw urinary tract surfaces, alcohol, spicy foods, and drinks with caffeine may cause some irritation or frequency of urination and should be used in moderation. To keep your urine flowing freely and to avoid constipation, drink plenty of fluids during the day (8-10 glasses.) Water is best, but juices, coffee, tea, and soda are all acceptable.
Problems you should report to the Urology Dept (contact info below):
Fever greater than 100.5 degrees F
Heavy bleeding or clots
Inability to urinate
Reactions to medication (hives, rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
Please call The Urology Clinic at 541-754-1287 if there are any questions.
After hours call 541-754-1150