EXTRA CORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE LITHOTRIPSY (ESWL)ESWL is a procedure in using shockwaves to break kidney stones. The shockwaves are outside the body and do not require incisions. Patients are typically put to sleep so they will be as still as possible, so the shockwaves will be as accurate as possible. ESWL is normally an outpatient procedure with the patient being discharged to home on the same day.
Another method available for treating stones is passing a scope through the bladder and using a laser to break up the kidney stones. Procedures done in the urinary system are called endourology. Two common endourology procedures are Cystoscopy and Ureteroscopy. Physicians use a scope to look into the bladder for cystoscopy and use a scope to look into the ureter for ureterscopy. Patients are usually put to sleep and discharged home the same day. Click on the PDF below for more information on Ureteroscopic Kidney Stone Removal.