Cystolitholapaxy

Cystolitholapaxy is a procedure to break up bladder stones into smaller pieces and remove them. Bladder stones are minerals that have built up in the bladder. Ultrasonic waves or lasers may be delivered through a tool called a cystoscope to break up the stones.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Increasing pressure or pain while passing urine
    • Pain in the back or abdomen
    • Not able to urinate
    • Changes in frequency, odor, appearance, or volume of urine
    • Signs of infection, including fever or chills
    • Blood or blood clots in urine after the first few days
    • Painful urination or a burning sensation after the first few days
    • Leaking urine

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Cystolitholapaxy is a procedure to break up bladder stones into smaller pieces and remove them. Bladder stones are minerals that have built up in the bladder. Ultrasonic waves or lasers may be delivered through a tool called a cystoscope to break up the stones.

    Bladder Stone
    si1713 bladder stone
    Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    This procedure is done to treat bladder stones.

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, such as:

    • Urinary tract infection
    • Bladder tear or damage
    • Bleeding
    • Reaction to the anesthesia
    • Infection
    • Damage to internal tissue or structures

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity