ESWL is a non-invasive procedure, which means it doesn’t require surgery. Non-invasive procedures are generally safer and easier to recover from than invasive procedures.
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Shock Wave Lithotripsy – Kidney Stone Treatment
ESWL has been around since the early 1980s. It quickly replaced surgery as the treatment of choice for larger kidney stones. ESWL is a non-invasive procedure, which means it doesn’t require surgery. Non-invasive procedures are generally safer and easier to recover from than invasive procedures. Lithotripsy takes about 45 minutes to an hour to perform.
What is shock wave lithotripsy?
Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL) is the most common treatment for kidney stones. Shock waves from outside the body are targeted AT a kidney stone causing the stone to fragment. ESWL: Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy.
What does the treatment involve?
You will be positioned on an operating table. A soft, water-filled cushion may be placed on your abdomen or behind your kidney. The body is positioned so that the stone can be targeted precisely with the shock wave. About 1-2 thousand shock waves are needed to crush the stones. The complete treatment takes about 45 to 60 minutes.
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A nonsurgical technique for treating stones in the kidney or ureter (the tube going from the kidney to the bladder) using Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy procedure.