Recovery times for kidney stone surgeries range from two days to six weeks depending on the type of surgery the patient has, according to the Urology Care Foundation. Patients who undergo shock wave lithotripsy and ureteroscopy procedures are able to return to normal activities within two to three days.
Patients who undergo invasive kidney stone procedures, such as percutaneous nephrolithotomy and open surgery, must stay in the hospital for as little as overnight and as long as a week, as stated by the Urology Care Foundation.
Shock wave lithotripsy is the treatment used most often for kidney stones, according to the Urology Care Foundation. It involves a noninvasive procedure that requires the patient to lie on a soft cushion connected to a machine that sends ultrasonic shock waves through the skin into the kidneys and stones. The procedure shrinks the stones to the size of sand particles, and the patient is able to leave afterward.