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Hi. I suffer from kidney stones. My doctor told me surgery is not necessary and I was recommended with ESWL. I would like to hear more about kidney stone removal. What are my treatment options? I am 42 years old.

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Hi. Surgery is an option when other approaches have failed. ESWL, or extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, is the most common procedure for removal of kidney stones. Shock waves break the stone into small pieces, able to pass through the urinary tract in the urine. Recovery time is usually very short, it lasts for few days. When a stone is large, or located on the place where ESWL can`t reach it, percutaneous nephrolithotomy may be an option. Also, you have ureteroscopic stone removal, for mid and lower ureter stones.
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