When you are unable to remove kidney stones naturally through urine or they cannot be dissolved by medication, the most common initial treatment is lithotripsy provided the location, anatomy and size of the stone is suitable for ESWL.
Shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is a physical therapeutic procedure that uses high frequency sound waves produced outside the body to break a kidney stone into tiny pieces, and allow it to pass through the urinary tract.
Though SWL is considered a safe procedure, complications Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL) may include
Lithotripsy is generally performed under Intravenous sedation. However, whether you need to be anesthetized will depend on your situation and doctor preference, You will be made to lie on an examination table containing a water-filled soft cushion that allows a series of shock waves, also called sound waves, to be administered to the stone. A computerized x-ray machine is used during the procedure to precisely locate the stone within the kidney. Usually a lithotripsy procedure lasts for about one hour.