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Electrohydraulic Lithotripsy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Electrohydraulic Lithotripsy?

Electrohydraulic lithotripsy is one of many types of techniques used to break kidney stones or bile stones. The electrohydraulic device uses a flexible probe to deliver electricity.

Kidney Stone
Kidney Stone
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Lithotripsy is used to remove kidney stones that:

  • Are too large to pass
  • Cause constant pain
  • Block the flow of urine
  • Cause an ongoing infection
  • Damage surrounding tissue
  • Cause bleeding

This procedure can also be used to remove stones in the bile duct or the pancreatic duct.

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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have this procedure, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Damage or irritation to tissue or surrounding structures
  • Blood in the urine
  • Infection
  • Pain as the stone fragments pass
  • Failure of stone fragments to pass, requiring additional surgery
  • Need for more treatments
  • Reaction to anesthesia

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Bleeding disorders or taking medicines that reduce blood clotting
  • Smoking

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Inability to urinate
  • A lot of blood in your...