Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) uses shock waves to break a
kidney stone into small pieces that can more easily travel through the urinary
tract and pass from the body.
You lie on a water-filled cushion.
X-rays or ultrasound tests are used to precisely locate the stone. High-energy
sound waves pass through your body without injuring it and break the stone into
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
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