Bhandari Hospital aims to provide best Urological care in state of Rajasthan by competent Urological team with latest and innovative technological advances.
EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE LITHOTRIPSY
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is a technique that uses sound wave (Ultrasound) to break up simple stones in the kidney or upper urinary tract. (“Extracorporeal” means “outside the body, and “lithotripsy” means stone- breaking.”) ESWL is not used for cystine stones. The procedure generally does not work for stones larger than 3 centimeters in diameter (which is slightly over an inch). There are several variations of ESWL. The following is a typical procedure:
- Most ESWL procedures use some anesthesia, although they are often done an outpatient basis. Patient lies on a soft cushion.
- The procedure uses ultrasound to generate shock waves that travel through the skin and body tissues until they hit the dense stones. (The doctor pinpoints the stone during treatment by using C arm x-ray or ultrasound).
- The shock waves crush the stones into tiny sand-like pieces that usually pass easily through the urinary tract.
- The shattered stone fragments may cause discomfort as they pass through the urinary tract. If so, the doctor may insert a small tube called a stent through the bladder into the ureter to help the fragments pass. This practice, however, does not usually speed up passage of the stones and is not used routinely.
- Painless and without anaesthesia.
- Can remove even big kidney stone mostly in single treatment.
- Breaks big stones in fine powder, hence stone passage is pain free.
- Also treats stones anywhere in ureter.
- Higher success rate, almost 90%.
- No surgery or blood transfusion.
- No hospitalization.
- Patient can resume work almost immediately.
- Without any side effects.
- Suitable for elderly people.
- No cutting, hence no ugly scare.
- No damage to kidney or other vital organ.
- Early resumption of normal activities.
- Treatment of choice for recurrent stones.
- Only option for high risk patients.