Kidney Stone Treatment in Israel
Programs

Kidney Stone Treatment in Israel

Causes & Symptoms

Renal stones form due to salt deposits in the kidneys and/or elevated calcium or uric acid blood levels. Usually, the first symptom is an acute jagging pain in the back (in the area of the affected kidney) or in the lower abdomen. The pain might also spread into the inguinal area and be joined by nausea and vomiting. Painful urination and foul-smelling cloudy urine are also common. If you experience these symptoms you may require kidney stone treatment.

As there are different methods of treating kidney stones, the final cost of the treatment will only be determined at the end of the diagnostics stage.

Diagnosis

  • Extensive blood work-up
  • US scan of urinary tract
  • Abdominal CT (renal stone protocol)
  • Consultation of urologist, who specializes in lithotripsy

These will take 2 business days to complete.

Depending on the findings, you will be referred for one of the following procedures:

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)

This is a minimally invasive extracorporeal therapy you will undergo as an outpatient. Its cost will depend on the number of stones that need to be fragmented.

Price of program includes:

  • Preoperative preparation (ECG, chest X-ray and an anesthesiologist’s consultation)
  • Aforementioned procedure
  • Disposable surgical materials and equipment

You will be examined by your treating urologist on postoperative day 5, after which you will be cleared to go home.

Ureteroscopy and Laser Lithotripsy

When large and/or inaccessible stones that cannot be fragmented using shock waves are found, ureteroscopy and laser lithotripsy are indicated.

Price of program includes:

  • Preoperative preparation (ECG, chest X-ray and an anesthesiologist consultation)
  • Operative procedure and 1 day of hospitalization
  • Disposable surgical materials and equipment

You will be discharged with a stent in your urethra, which will be removed on postoperative day 7. At that point you will be cleared to leave Israel. No rehabilitation is needed following either of the aforementioned procedures.

Laparoscopic Kidney Stone Surgery

This is a relatively rare procedure, indicated in complicated cases, where transurethral access is problematic.

Price of program includes:

  • Preoperative preparation (ECG, chest X-ray and an anesthesiologist consultation)
  • Operative procedure and 2 days of hospitalization
  • Disposable surgical materials and equipment

The aforementioned kidney stone treatment will take place at the state-of-the-art Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv. Please be advised that it is not possible to treat both kidneys at once, and you’ll have to wait between two weeks to a month before the second kidney can be treated. Thus, if bilateral kidney stones are detected during the work-up, your physician will treat the more severely affected kidney first.

Please Note

The suggested treatment (by a specialist recommended by us) will take place at Assuta Medical Center, which is the best hospital in Israel. If you would like, we can instead arrange treatment for you at one of Israel’s public hospitals. In such case, the cost of the surgery (not including the logistics package) will be lower by 20 to 30 per cent. However, while we can guarantee that the surgery will be performed by one of that hospital’s top experts, the decision regarding which physician will depend on the hospitals’ schedule.