ESWL is a non-invasive method for treating stones in the kidney or ureter, the tube which drains the urine from the kidney to the bladder. It utilizes an energy source which generates a shock wave that is directed at the stone.
On the morning of the procedure, take only the medication instructed by the office staff with just a small sip of water. You will not be allowed to drive home after the procedure or for at least 24 hours, so be sure to have a friend or family member with you.After you are prepped for the procedure, you will be positioned on the treatment table, and the stone will be visualized on fluoroscopy. Then, anesthesia will be administered through your IV.
The stone will be fragmented using shock waves. This usually takes 30 to 40 minutes.
Afterwards, you will go home after you have fully awakened from the anesthetic.
After the Procedure
No strenuous activity or heavy meals that day.
You may resume your normal diet and activity the next day