Who is a candidate for Lithotripsy?
A preliminary evaluation by your urologist is required to
determine if you are a candidate for lithotripsy treatment.
Tests include blood and urine analysis, bacteriological studies,
x-rays, and EKG, and possibly special studies of kidney function.
Patients with the following conditions are usually NOT considered
candidates for lithotripsy:
The kidney with the stone has little or no function.
A urinary tract infection that can not be cleared with antibiotics.
Marked obstruction of the urinary tract is present which
would prevent passage of the stone fragments.
Female of childbearing years with lower ureteral stones.
Uncorrectable bleeding disorders.
Uncorrected high blood pressure.
Other factors considered are the size, location, and number
of stones, as well as your overall physical condition. Your
urologist is skilled at determining if you are a good candidate
for lithotripsy. Stones in the prostate gland and the
gallbladder are not candidates for lithotripsy at this time.