All about SWL

The SWL procedure itself is generally not painful, as patients are given anesthesia or sedation to ensure comfort during the treatment. However, you may experience mild discomfort or pain after the procedure as the stone fragments pass through the urinary tract. Pain medication can help manage this.
Recovery time varies from person to person. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a day or two after the procedure. However, complete recovery may take a few days to a week, depending on individual factors.
The number of SWL sessions required depends on the size and number of kidney stones, as well as how well the stones respond to the treatment. Some patients may need multiple sessions to achieve complete stone clearance.

SWL is eective for many types of kidney stones, especially small to medium-sized stones. However, certain types of stones, such as cystine stones, may not respond well to SWL and may require alternative treatments.

Pregnant women should not undergo ESWL as the high intensity acoustic waves can damage the fetus
Yes SWL is absolutely safe for children, and infact they have better success rate than adults.

Tips for a Successful SWL Experience

Follow Pre-Procedure Instructions

Adhere to the fasting and fuid intake guidelines provided by your healthcare team to ensure the best results from the procedure.

Discuss Anesthesia Options

If you have concerns about anesthesia, discuss your preferences and any medical history with the anesthesia team to make an informed decision.

Ask Questions

 Don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare team any questions or voice any concerns you may have before, during, or after the SWL procedure.

Stay Hydrated

 Drink plenty of water before and after the procedure to aid in stone fragment passage and prevent dehydration.

Follow Post-Procedure Instructions

Follow your doctor’s post-procedure instructions carefully, including pain management, activity restrictions, and any medication guidelines.