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.
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.
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