Kidney Stone Treatment

Kidney Stone Treatment Services

Albany Memorial Hospital Kidney Stone Treatment Services (518) 471-3003


Albany Memorial Hospital has been offering Kidney Stone Treatment Services since 1987.

Staff Expertise
The only staff in the area certified by the American Urological Association and the American Lithotripsy Society, and the finest urologists from throughout the Capital Region.

Breakthrough Technology
We offer a range of treatment options and the latest technology for treating your kidney stones, including the non-invasive Storz Modulith Lithotripter and the Dornier HM-3 lithotripter, and laser alternatives.

What are kidney stones?
Kidney stones are formed by abnormal salts deposited as crystals within the kidney. Common symptoms include pain in the side, blood in the urine, and occasionally, fever. A number of factors influence the formation of stones, and in some cases, they can be prevented. Understanding risk factors and prevention strategies can help you avoid a recurrence of kidney stones.

Treatment Alternatives
Shockwave Lithotripsy uses minimal x-ray or in-line ultrasound to concentrate high energy shockwaves on kidney stones, reducing them to sand-like particles, which are eventually passed from the body in urine. Recognized by urologists as a first-line treatment for kidney stones, this procedure requires no surgery and is relatively painless. Patients and urologists prefer this method because it offers:

  • Non-invasive removal
  • Shorter treatment time (usually as an outpatient procedure)
  • Less risk
  • Easier, faster recovery -return to normal activity in days
  • Less cost

Laser Lithotripsy is available for patients who have stones that have become lodged in the small tube leading from the kidney to the bladder. An endoscope delivers high energy lasers to break up the stones.

Laser technology can also be used to vaporize the stone, which leaves a fine dust that can be washed out.

What can patients expect?
Prior to the procedure, you will go through a pre-anesthesia process which includes a health history and review of the procedure.

On the day of the procedure, an x-ray is performed to confirm the location of the stone. After that, you will undergo a nursing assessment and meet with someone from the anesthesia department to review anesthesia and/or sedation options. An intravenous line is started, and sedation may be administered to help you relax.

You will be positioned on the treatment table, and the anesthesiologist will administer medications. Throughout the procedure, which lasts about 30 to 45 minutes, vital signs are carefully monitored. A snapping noise may be heard as the lithotripter pressure wave is released. Additional medication is provided promptly if you experience any discomfort.

Immediately after the procedure, you will be brought to the recovery area for continued monitoring, until you are ready for discharge. If you receive sedation and leave the day of the procedure, you must have a responsible adult take you home.

What will the recovery period be like?
You can expect to have varying degrees of discomfort as the stone particles are passed. This may be accompanied by blood in the urine. Pain medication is available, and you are urged to drink plenty of water to help flush the particles through the urinary system.

Your urologist will evaluate the treatment results with a follow-up x-ray and visit. Most stones are completely broken up in a single session. Additional treatment may be necessary depending on the size and composition of the stone.

To find out more
For more information, call Albany Memorial Hospital's Kidney Stone Treatment Services at (518) 471-3003, or ask your urologist. Conveniently located off Exit 6, Interstate 90, Albany Memorial Hospital is easily accessible from all parts of the Capital Region.

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