Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy ESWL
ESWL is a procedure which uses high energy shock-waves (sort of sound waves) produced using an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy machine or lithotripter to break the stone inside the kidney in to small fragments or crystals which are small enough to pass through the urinary system while passing urine. The patients are conscious during the treatment procedure as it is well- tolerable.
No cuts or incisions are done during the procedure and in most of the cases, the patient can go home soon after the procedure. Lithotripsy allows the patient with certain types of stones in the urinary system to avoid an invasive surgical procedure for stone removal. It a highly acceptable treatment option for patients both economically and physically.