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North Wake Internal Medicine has merged with Falls Pointe Medical Group to form WakeMed Physician Practices — Primary Care — North Raleigh.  We remain committed to providing the highest level of family medicine, internal medicine and primary care care. 

Thank you for choosing us for your healthcare needs. Our practice offers Family Medicine and Internal Medicine care. Our staff is committed to providing timely, compassionate, personalized and innovative health care to you and our community. We want your patient visits to be convenient and easy, so please review the following information prior to your visit.

OUR LOCATION:

WakeMed Physician Practices
North Hospital - Physicians Office Pavilion
10010 Falls of Neuse Road
Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27614
Appointments: 919-848-6946
Fax: 919-350-9823

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
For your first visit, please review our Notice of Privacy Practices and bring the following items with you.

  • A copy of your insurance information
  • All of your medication bottles with you to each visit. This allows us to keep our records current and is especially important when physicians from other offices are providing medications for you.
  • Any old records including immunization records or documents from other physicians to your visit.

Subsequent Visits

  • Bring insurance information and all of your medication bottles with you.
  • Please note that if this is a follow-up appointment, the time is reserved specifically to monitor your medication use, and the schedule won't allow for discussion of other issues. You will need to schedule an additional visit for other problems.

 

 

This is one of the most frequently used procedures for eliminating kidney stones. A lithotripter delivers ultrasonic or shock waves outside your body through the skin and tissue, until they reach the kidney stones. This repeated impact stresses the stone until it crumbles into tiny, sand-like particles that are easily expelled through the urinary tract. SWL is only used in healthy kidneys and if there is no blockage to prevent the passage of stone fragments.

Patients are lightly sedated and relax on a soft cushion while the urologist uses ultrasound or fluoroscopy to locate the stone and direct the shock waves.

SWL is done as an outpatient procedure since recovery time is short. In some cases, a single session many not free the ureter of all stone material, so patients may require an additional session or another procedure. Not everyone can undergo SWL. Patients who are pregnant, obese, have obstruction beyond the stone, have an abdominal aortic aneurysm, urinary tract infections or a bleeding disorders are not candidates for SWL. Some stone location and composition may require another procedure other than SWL.

After treatment, most patients pass the stone particles during urination. In some instances, the urologist will place a stent in the ureter to assist in stone location or to help with stone fragment passage. Some types of stones based on composition and size cannot be treated using SWL and require another treatment.

<p">Most patients will fully recover quickly, but may have blood in their urine, bruising and minor discomfort for a few days after treatment. Patients will need to increase fluid intake to help the stone fragment to pass.

Learn What to Expect from Kidney Stone Treatment