What warning signs should I look out for after an ESWL procedure?

Your doctor will tell you what symptoms are expected following ESWL and what symptoms indicate complications.

ESWL is a non-invasive procedure, meaning no incision or internal telescopic device is required; the treatment is administrated through your skin. The procedure has been reported to have a low complication rate.

After ESWL, stone fragments need to pass naturally out of the kidney, down the ureter, and through the urethra. There is also no hospitalization involved most of the time; as a result, the patient can get back to work the next day. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects and complications associated with this procedure. These include:

  • pain and discomfort as the fragments of stone descend your urinary tract
  • a small amount of blood and fragments of stone in your urine – this can last for several days
  • bruising and blistering of your skin where your treatment was given this usually goes away within about seven days

Urgent medical attention is required if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • increasing pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fever that exceeds >101° F
  • large blood clots in the urine
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain 

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