Electrohydraulic Lithotripsy

Electrohydraulic lithotripsy is one of many methods to treat kidney stones or bile stones. It uses an electrohydraulic device with a flexible probe to deliver electricity that breaks apart the stones.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Inability to urinate
    • Excess blood in your urine
    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medications you were given
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you were given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

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

  • Definition


    Electrohydraulic lithotripsy is one of many methods to treat
    kidney stones
    or bile stones. It uses an electrohydraulic device with a flexible probe to deliver electricity that breaks apart the stones.

    Kidney Stone
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    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.

    Gallstones
    Gallstones
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  • Possible Complications

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

    • 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

    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

    Your risk of complications may increase if you have bleeding disorders or are taking medications that reduce blood clotting.