Is ESWL usually successful?

This is the most common treatment method for kidney stones. It helps approximately 50% of the patients eliminate the stones within a month.

According to multiple studies, the efficacy of the initial ESWL procedure is over 65% and increases to an overall success rate of 93% after repeated treatment.

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) has become an increasingly popular treatment option to manage renal calculi giving excellent fragmentation results, since its inception in the late 20th century. Due to its non-invasive nature, it is favored over surgical removal. However, like any other treatment option, ESWL’s success depends on a series of factors:

  • the stone’s composition
  • the stone’s position
  • the kidney’s anatomy
  • the patient’s BMI

To know more about ESWL procedure, contact Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. Our hospital has an experienced team of urologists and professional medical staff and cutting-edge technology to assist you with urinary tract stone issues. Our goal when performing ESWL is to maximize the breakage of a patient’s kidney stone while minimizing the injury that the shock waves can cause to the kidney and surrounding organs. Consult Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital about your health issues to get the best advice.


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