This medication is used to treat certain conditions (Dupuytren's contracture, Peyronie's disease) that are caused by a certain protein (collagen) in your body. Collagen is a tough and strong substance and is found in the knots/cords of the hand in Dupuytren's contracture or plaques in the penis in Peyronie's disease.
Before the Procedure
You may eat a regular diet until midnight the night before surgery. After midnight please do not eat or drink anything. If instructed to do so, you may take your prescription medications with a sip of water.
During the Procedure
Once asleep the shock wave machine will be brought into contact with the skin overlying the stone. With the use of x-rays the stone will be located, allowing the shock waves to be focused on the stone. A series of ultrasonic shock waves are generated, which travel out of the machine, through the skin and strike the stone causing it to break up into pieces. The number of shock waves needed to treat the stone depends upon the size and hardness of the stone.
The vast majority of patients do well after the procedure and are able to go home the same day.