What are the advantages of using holmium laser lithotripsy?
Compared to extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, holmium laser lithotripsy has been shown to reduce the chance of steinstrasse. This is a complication of extracorporeal shock lithotripsy in which fragments of the stones block the ureter.
The procedure has been shown to be effective for a patient with multiple stones.
What is a disadvantage of holmium laser lithotripsy?
Holmium laser lithotripsy requires general anesthesia. For this reason, there is a hospital stay and higher costs compared to extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy.
What are some complications of holmium laser lithotripsy?
- Blood in urine
- Trouble urinating
- Injury to the ureters