During recovery at home, call your surgeon immediately if you have:
- Sudden pain.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Signs of infection, such as swelling or redness around the incision.
The use of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), percutaneous nephrolithotripsy and ureteroscopy to remove kidney stones has nearly eliminated the need for open surgery to remove stones.
The recovery time following open surgery is much longer than the recovery time for the treatments listed above.
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