Removal of the secondary stones reduced patients' relapse rate by 82%, urology researchers found.
This technique may someday be available to patients at in-clinic visits without anesthesia, the researchers suggested.
Even after a kidney stone is surgically removed, fragments often linger, and could spell more pain and problems for a patient.
Using high-frequency waves, the new treatment pushes smaller stones from the bottom of the kidney toward the ureter.
A SpaceX cargo launch slated for Thursday, June 3, will deliver an experiment on kidney stone formation in microgravity.
There's no clear reason why, but cases of kidney stones are increasing. It's an experience that one Seattle man knows well: Guillermo Gomez has passed more than 250 kidney stones since he was in high school.
Some patients experience agonizing pain when a temporary stent is implanted after kidney stones are removed.
It's a common procedure to remove kidney stones and temporarily place a stent in the ureter to ensure that another blockage doesnn't occur while the body is healing.
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UW Medicine to test innovative kidney stone ultrasonic propulsion procedure for NASA space missions and for patients on Earth.