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SWL Shock wave Lithotripsy
helenehere posted:
Has anyone gone through this procedure and would like to know how the pain level was and sedation?

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intruder responded:
I have had this procedure done twice and prefer it over being scoped, they do knock you out, I did bleed for about 4 days, the only pain that I had was from the stent they leave in till you pass the stones and it was not bad so don't worry, it was better for me than being cystoscoped. Oh a lot of people worry about removing the stent, when they remove it, I had some pain but they pull it out in about 3 seconds and no pain after that.
ccrosthwaite54 responded:
Actually the day of the procedure they put you out and they will ssometimes give you pain medications. I've been through three lithotripsies and had a kidney stent inserted before the first two were done. For the first procedure, I wasn't offered pain medications, but told to take tylenol. For the second I was given tramadol. For the stent removal I was also told to take tramadol or tylenol as the stent was completely encrusted with stones and fragments. For the third lithotripsy I was again given tramadol. There is usually bleeding for a few days and the second day seems to be the worst. Feels like you got run over by a truck. I took the pain medication for about two days and then only tylenol if I had pain. Listen to what your body tells you about resting, but usually after a couple of days it's not too bad unless you're passing stones and or fragments. I was fortunate that my urologist decided not to put in another stent. He also did the maximum amount of blasting for the second and third lithotripsies (5500 blasts). I've gone from a 1.7 centimeter stone to several 8-10 millimeter stones to a 10 millemeter stone and large fragments getting stuck in my ureter to now having one 4 millimeter stone left. Good luck!

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