Best Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Procedure in Hyderabad
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is a non-invasive procedure used to break down kidney stones in the urinary tract. It is a safe and effective alternative to surgery for patients with smaller stones, usually less than 2 cm in size. ESWL shockwave therapy for kidney stones uses high-energy shock waves to break up the stones, allowing them to pass more easily through the urinary tract and out of the body.
Here are the steps involved in an ESWL procedure:
- Preparation: Before the procedure, you will be asked to empty your bladder and change into a hospital gown. You may be given medication to help you relax or to relieve any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
- Imaging: Your doctor will use imaging techniques such as X-rays, ultrasound, or CT scans to locate the kidney stone and determine the best position for the shock waves.
- Positioning: You will be positioned on a special table or couch that can move into different positions to help target the stone. You will be secured with straps or cushions to keep you from moving during the procedure.
- Shock wave delivery: A machine called a lithotripter will be used to generate high-energy shock waves. The machine is placed near the area of the kidney stone, and the shock waves are delivered through a water-filled cushion or gel pad placed against the skin. The shock waves create pressure waves that break the stone into small pieces that can be passed more easily.
- Recovery: After the procedure, you may be observed for a short time to make sure there are no complications. You can usually go home the same day and resume your normal activities within a day or two. You may experience some discomfort or pain as the stone fragments pass through your urinary tract, but this is usually temporary.
ESWL is a safe and effective treatment option for patients with kidney stones. However, it may not be suitable for all patients, depending on the size and location of the stone, as well as other factors such as the patient’s overall health and medical history. our experienced doctors at TX Hospitals will help determine if ESWL is the right treatment option for you.