An alternative to the medical procedure of cutting kidney stones has been developed to avoid going through the surgical process.
This is called blasting of kidney stones. This procedure is offered to those who do not want to go under the knife and are open to other alternative ways of shattering those stones.
The blasting process is technically known as Extra Corporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy or ESWL. A stream of shock waves is sent through the body, hitting the kidney stone and shattering it into small particles that can be excreted out of the body.
The blasting procedure does not require any kind of incision and can be administered as an out-patient treatment, though it will be a painful experience and you may require a number of days to recover from the blasting. After the procedure, you can expect side effects like bruising, some discomfort and you will also notice blood in your urine as a reaction of your internal system to the blasting process.
The more alarming side effect of kidney stone blasting is diabetes. This happens because the insulin-producing cells become damaged in the process. Insulin is very important in regulating blood sugar levels and contributing to avoiding diabetes. If the level of production of insulin is affected, there is a high likelihood of the development of diabetes.
Moreover, with this process, some patients have experienced an increase in blood pressure levels. This hypertension can cause stroke, heart attack or more serious kidney damage.
There is still ongoing research on this procedure and since you already know its side effects, you may want to reconsider blasting of kidney stones as an option to address the problem. Why don’t you try the conventional and yet, effective way to treat this illness? I am referring to watching your diet.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. This is traditional advice that we always hear but they truly have lasting benefits for the body. If you avoid junk food and salty foods, your situation will no longer worsen.
Eat the right foods and your kidney stones will dissolve. They will be flushed out of your body and before you know it, you are free of kidney stones.
Think twice before saying yes to kidney stone blasting. You may end up having more trouble in the future. Just change your diet, and eating habits, and everything will improve in the long run.