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Will I need to be in a hospital to have large kidney stones removed?

The procedures used to remove large kidney stones -- percutaneous nephrolithotomy and percutaneous nephrolithotripsy -- require general anesthesia and a short hospital stay, usually two or three days. The recovery time takes a week or so. Depending on the position of the stone, the procedure itself takes about 20 to 45 minutes. The goal is to take out all of the stones so that none are left to pass through the urinary tract.

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