Does not pass after a reasonable period of time and causes constant pain
Is too large to pass on its own
Blocks the flow of urine
Causes ongoing urinary tract infection
Damages kidney tissue or causes constant bleeding
During this procedure you either sit in a water bath or lie on a cushion. The doctor uses a special machine to direct shock waves at the stone. The waves pass through the soft tissues of the body, but shatter the hard stone on contact, pulverizing it into smaller particles that can more easily be passed in the urine. A sedative or anesthesia is used to prevent pain during the procedure. ESWL takes anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours to complete, and you'll probably resume normal activities in one or two days.
You may need to undergo several of these procedures before your stone is fragmented into small enough pieces to pass.
ESWL should not be done in patients with the following conditions:
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provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a