Frequently Asked Questions

Browse through our list of frequently asked questions for more information about why Bedrock Lithotripsy is different and about the technology we use to treat kidney stones.

General Questions

I don't see my doctor listed on your website. What can I do?

If you do not see your physician listed on our website, ask them to work with Bedrock Lithotripsy for your kidney stone treatment. Click here to download a form you can show them and use to compare service options.

What is Lithotripsy?

Lithotripsy is a medical procedure that involves the fragmentation of  kidney stones.  

Are there different kinds of lithotripsy?

There are many approaches to lithotripsy, including surgical removal, shockwave, and laser. Bedrock Lithotripsy offers shockwave and laser lithotripsy services predominantly for stones of the urinary tract.

What's Shockwave Lithotripsy?

Extra-corporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL–pronounced “es wall”) is a non-invasive lithotripsy treatment. Shockwaves are generated outside the body and passed through the skin to a focal point inside the body where the stone is positioned.

What's Laser Lithotripsy?

Laser lithotripsy is more invasive, and requires a laser fiber to be in close proximity and/or direct contact for stone fragmentation. This typically requires endoscopic procedures in conjunction, to be performed by a Urologist.

Are there different types of kidney stones?

There are different types of stones, which vary in density and overall hardness. Softer stones can consist of crystallized uric acid, and harder stones are usually calcium in consistency. Talk to your Urologist about specifics related to your case. 

How long does a procedure take?

Procedures vary in length, based on patient anatomy and stone burden. Some procedures can be as short as 20 minutes, and others can take hours. Typically ESWLs are completed in much less time. Our average treatment time is 40 minutes. It is best to consult with your Urologist on your specific case for predicted procedure length.

Does Shockwave Lithotripsy hurt?

Although shockwave lithotripsy is non-invasive, it can be painful at higher energy levels. It’s difficult to predict how much energy will be required to fragment a stone; anesthesia and/or light sedation are usually clinically indicated for shockwave lithotripsy procedures to ensure the patient remains still while the focused shockwaves hit the stone. 

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