Marina del Rey Hospital provides you with the safest procedure for eliminating the kidney stones that cause you health related issues. Thanks to the state-of-the-art equipment and procedures found at our health center, the highly skilled urologists from Marina del Rey Hospital are able to perform this non-surgical procedure for you to resume your usual activities in the shortest time possible.
Having one of the highest success rates in achieving kidney stone removal, the shock wave lithotripsy is the procedure most likely to restore your health and well-being.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) is a totally non-invasive treatment for patients with kidney stone disease. The innovative procedure uses focused ultrasonic energy or shock waves to target stones that cannot be eliminated naturally. The shock waves travel through the skin and tissue, reach the targeted stones and break them into sand-like fragments that will more easily pass through the urinary tract. Complete elimination of stones can generally be achieved during the first couple of months following the procedure. However, for larger stones, the ESWL treatment may need to be repeated.
ESWL is the treatment of choice for patients with certain types of kidney stones, localized in certain areas of the urinary system, causing pain or blockage of the urine flow. The size of the stones is also important, as ESWL is used to fragment stones larger than 4 mm, but usually smaller than 2 cm in diameter.
Although it is an outpatient, non-surgical procedure, ESWL is performed under sedation or general anesthesia and lasts approximately one hour, depending on the size and number of the kidney stones. It usually takes a couple of hours in the recovery before you are ready to go back home. Here are the steps to be taken for the procedure:
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy is a safe and effective non-surgical procedure, requiring minimal recovery time. It has a 50-90% success rate, so usually stones are removed completely, but in some cases further ESWL or other non-invasive treatments may be needed to clear all the stones.
A specialist will evaluate your condition and decide whether ESWL is the right treatment for you. A different medical treatment may be recommended in any of the following situations:
The risks involved in ESWL are minor and severe complications are unlikely. Besides the risks that are generally associated with anesthesia, some of the specific potential risks are:
The recovery time after the ESWL procedure is short. You may be prescribed analgesics as the pieces of stone that start migrating through the urinary tract may cause discomfort and pain. As the treatment is non-invasive, you may resume your usual activities in one or two days following the ESWL procedure.
If left untreated, kidney stones may cause bleeding, repeated urinary tract infections and even kidney damage. Therefore, if you experience severe pain in the back, side or abdomen, blood in the urine, frequent and/or painful urination, be aware that these are some of the most frequent kidney stone symptoms. If this is your diagnosis, you should know that ESWL is the safest procedure used to eliminate kidney and upper ureteral stones. Call us at 310.823.8911 to schedule a check-up today and find out everything you need to know about this completely non-invasive alternative to kidney stone surgery!
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