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Treatment and Procedures

Bladder Stones Treatments

Bladder stones can be treated in a number of ways.  If they are small they can be crushed by passing a small telescope up the water pipe into the bladder.  The stones are grasped, broken and then washed out.  Larger stones may require removal either by making a small cut over the lower abdomen and taking them out directly through the bladder or they can be removed using a keyhole technique (laparoscopy).  

The presence of bladder stones normally means the bladder is not emptying properly.  It may be necessary to improve the bladder emptying, either by removing a blockage to the bladder outflow, such as by the prostate, or by asking the patient to pass a catheter to drain the bladder.  The catheter is then removed following bladder drainage.