In open surgery to remove kidney stones, the surgeon uses an incision in the person's abdomen or side to reach the kidney and remove the stones. He or she then puts a small tube (catheter) near the kidney to drain urine until the kidney heals.
What To Expect After Surgery
You will be in the hospital for 6 to 9 days. You are usually able to resume your normal activities within 4 to 6 weeks.
Why It Is Done
Open surgery is rarely needed to remove kidney stones. You may need it if:
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