Bladder Stones Treatment in Miami, Florida (FL)
Most bladder stones treatment includes removing the bladder stones
and also addressing any underlying issues which contribute to bladder
stone formation. Your doctor will likely recommend that you increase
your water intake to help you flush out the bladder stones naturally. If
the stones are too large, your doctor may treat your bladder stones by
breaking down the stones and flushing them out of your body. Procedures
that break down bladder stones include lithotripsy and transurethral
cystolitholapaxy. Alternatively, your doctor may choose to remove your
stones through surgery.
Breaking Up Bladder StonesTransurethral cystolitholapaxy
is a procedure which uses a thin, small tube with a camera (cystoscope)
which is inserted through the urethra and guided into the bladder to
locate the bladder stones. Laser or ultrasound is then used to break
down the stones, and fluids are administered to flush the fragments out.
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia.Lithotripsy,
also called shock wave therapy, is a highly-successful, non-invasive
procedure used to break up bladder stones through the use of sound
waves. This procedure is done under local anesthesia, but your doctor
can give you sedatives to calm you.
Lithotripsy takes about an hour and
is performed while you lie on a water-filled cushion. After using
ultrasound or xray to locate the stones, your doctor will use
high-frequency sound waves which pass through your body and break up the
bladder stones. Your doctor may use a stent (a short flexible plastic
tube) in the ureter help the stone fragments pass without obstruction.
Bladder Stone Surgery
is often effective if your bladder stones are dense or large, or if
multiple stones exist. In this procedure a cystoscope (a small medical
instrument used to examine the bladder) is used to locate the stones,
which are then fragmented by ultrasound, or left whole. The stones are
then surgically removed using forceps inserted through a small incision
in the skin and bladder wall.
Diagnosing Bladder Stones
urologist may use urine analysis and specialized imaging tools to
confirm the presence, composition and etiology of your bladder stones.
Your doctor may also give you a physical examination to determine
whether there is a physical obstruction causing your bladder stones,
such as a kink in your urethra or an enlarged prostate. These diagnostic
tools will help your doctor select a treatment that is right for you
and may help prevent painful recurrence of your symptoms.
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