What tests will be necessary prior to the ESWL?

Your doctor will tell you what tests are necessary prior to this intervention during your first consultation.

Prior to surgery, you may be asked questions about your medical history. Your doctor will also do a physical exam to ensure you're in good health before having the procedure. You may have kidney X-rays or ultrasound to pinpoint the size and location of the stones and other tests so that the doctor can establish if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure:

  • blood tests
  • electrocardiogram
  • urinalysis
  • urine culture
  • blood coagulation profile
  • comprehensive metabolic panel

Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital provides ESWL, as an alternative to the conventional surgical treatment of kidney stones. On admission to the department, the nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Tell your doctor if you're pregnant or think you may be, because the sound waves and X-rays may be harmful to the fetus.
  • Tell your doctor if you think you may be allergic to a medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows about all the medicines you take, including vitamins, supplements, herbal remedies, and over-the-counter drugs, and those prescribed by other doctors.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any issues with bleeding (blood clotting) or any history of a bleeding disorder.

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