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More options now available for kidney stone removal.

A kidney stone is made up of substances in the urine and is solid. It can remain in the kidney or break away and travel down the urinary tract causing extreme pain. Previously, surgery was the only method of help remove problematic kidney stones but now shock waves can be used to break the large stone into smaller pieces that can pass through the urinary tract more readily. Another choice is tunnel surgery which involves a small cut in the patient's back followed by a tunnel through to the kidney stone where it is removed using a special instrument.

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About: More options now available for kidney stone removal.

Date: 4 January 2005

Source: Health Day News

Author: Anne Thompson

URL: http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2005/01/04/hscout523129.html

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