What is Lithotripsy Treatment

Lithotripsy Treatment is classified as the use of shock waves to breakup or disintegrate stones. Lithotripsy Treatment is non- invasive modality of treatment for stone in which shock waves are delivered from outside and focussed on to stone leading to fragmentation.  Lithotripsy requires local anaesthesia with sedation.

Lithotripsy Treatment Delhi
Lithotripsy Treatment Delhi

What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Treatment

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (lithotripsy or ESWL) has been used for non-surgical fragmentation of stone. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWL) is shock wave therapy for fragmentation of stone. Shocks waves are delivered on the stone. Patients are usually treated as out patients; in some cases more than one session may be necessary

How does Lithotripsy Treatment work

Lithotripsy work on the basis of electromagnetic / electrohydraulic shock wave generation are focussed on the stone leading to fragmentation. About 1-3 thousand shockwaves are needed to crush the stones. The complete treatment takes about 45 min-60 min. Sometimes, the doctor inserts a tube via bladder and threads it up to the kidney just prior to ESWL. These tubes (called stents) are used when the stone is large to prevent the ureter getting blocked with fragments.

What does the Lithotripsy Treatment involve?

Lithotripsy Treatment is done under local anaesthesia with sedation. Patient is laid on the clinical bed and the applicator is applied on the side of stone. Shock waves are delivered depending on size, consistency of stone (1000-3000 each sitting). Repeat sitting is given if residual stone is present.


Precautions to be taken before Lithotripsy Treatment

Let the doctor know about any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or supplements you take.

If the treatment is taken with general anesthesia, your doctor may advice you not to drink or eat anything for at least six to eight hours before the procedure.

If you’re having ESWL under general anesthesia, you should not drive back home after the procedure.

Benefits of Lithotripsy Treatment

It is non-invasive, painless, done by local anaesthesia, generally treated in day care. Mostly hospitalisation is not required.


Can Lithotripsy Treat all types of Kidney Stone

Not all. Patients’ stones that are very soft or very hard and are difficult to treat with ESWL.


Side Effects in Lithotripsy Treatment

After Lithotripsy you may have blood in your urine and possibly abdominal pain or aching for several days. In some cases, patient can face high blood pressure problem after surgery.


Does anaesthesia required for the treatment?

Yes, local anaesthesia with sedation.

Lithotripsy Cost in Delhi

INR 35k-40k/per sitting



There are basically following treatment choices, depending upon the type of stone.

  • RIRS-Retrograde intra renal surgery where a thin flexible endoscope is passed up the ureter into the kidney to fragment stone.
  • Ultra mini-PCNL/ mini-PCNL -In this procedure a small puncture made in the back which is dilated and endoscope passed up to the stone to fragment and remove it.


How can kidney stones be prevented

Kidney stones can be prevented by drinking plenty of fluids, taking proper diet counselling and by maintaining good metabolism.


Precautions of Lithotripsy

  • Pregnancy
  • Patient has bleeding disorder
  • Infection
  • Blockage in internal urine pipe
  • Large stones, very hard not preferably.

For Lithotripsy Treatment you may reach out to :

M-4, Greater Kailash, Part – 1,
Near M – Block Market, New Delhi – 110048, India
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