Lithotripsy

- what is it

- how is it done

- advantages

- disadvantages

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  • Lithotripsy
    • What is it used for?
      • break gallstones into small pieces
        • can move through bile ducts into intestines
          • excreted
      • treat kidney stones
      • treat stones in urinary tract
        • when broken up, pass through with urine
    • How is it done?
      • gel cushion placed over area
      • bombarding stones with high intensity ultrasound waves
      • energy of waves absorbed by stones
        • stones shatter
      • lithotripter produces sound waves
    • Advantages
      • avoids need for surgery
      • less invasive than surgical removal of stones
    • Disadvantages
      • doesn't prevent stones
      • gallstones reoccur

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