Welcome to our FAQ section on Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL). In this section, we aim to provide you with essential information about ESWL, a non-invasive medical procedure commonly used to treat kidney stones and other urinary tract stones. Whether you’re considering ESWL as a treatment option or simply curious about how it works, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding ESWL and gain a better understanding of this innovative medical technique.
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.