Treatment of nephrolithiasis and ureterolithiasis
Lithotripsy is a contemporary non-invasive (no-scalpel), careful, safe and effective treatment for nephrolithiasis and ureterolithiasis.
Lithotripsy can be done when the diameter of the stone ranges between 5 and 25 mm. Our lithotripter is equipped with ultrasound that can detect even uric acid calculi, which are not detectable with X-ray. Extracorporeal lithotripsy can successfully treat 90% of patients who have stones in their kidneys or ureters.
A control X-ray exam is carried out after 2 weeks in order to determine whether the stone has been totally eliminated.
Nephrolithiasis and ureterolithiasis treatment prices
What factors affect the price?
The prices indicated below apply to citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and the European Union.
If you are coming from another country please check the price by telephoning or sending an email.
What you need to know about the lithotripsy procedure?
Tests needed prior to the surgery:
- a complete blood count;
- blood coagulation test (APTT);
- electrocardiogram (EKG) and its evaluation;
- blood glucose level test.
The patients can bring their test records from other healthcare institutions, or they may have them done at the Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in 2 hours. Prices of the tests performed at the Centre. The tests must be performed no earlier than 14 days before the surgery.
Lithotripsy is an inpatient procedure performed under anaesthesia using a powerful lithotripter Dornier Compact Sigma (Germany).
High-energy acoustic waves are aimed directly at the stone in the kidney or ureter and break it down. Normally small pieces of the shattered stone then easily exit the body in the urine.
- The effectiveness of the procedure is about 90%.
- The procedure can usually be performed the next week after the consultation.
- The patient can go home and take a flight on the day after the surgery.
- The rate of hospital-acquired infections is 0 in 5 years.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Lithotripsy is not recommended if the patient is pregnant, taller than 2.1 m or shorter than 1.22 m, or weighs more than 136 kg.
Lithotripsy is not performed on patients who:
- have life-threatening heart conditions;
- have increased blood coagulation;
- have stones in the bony pelvis.