ESWL (Extracorporeal Shock-Wave Lithotripsy) therapy is a stone breaking procedure using shock waves. This procedure is performed without making a wound, without anesthesia, and without hospitalization. This therapy is done to treat urinary tract stones.
Treatment of urinary tract stones with ESWL
Urinary tract stones are stones located in the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
Symptoms of someone experiencing urinary tract stones is that the patient feels pain and stiffness in the lingering (colic) erratic. In addition, patients with urinary tract stones experience frequent urination above the normal limits and may experience bloody urine. If the patient urinates, he may feel pain in the end. Sometimes, sufferers of urinary tract stones experience nausea or vomiting. If you experience these symptoms, you should consult a doctor immediately to consult and get the right treatment.
Urinary tract stones are formed due to the deposition in crystallized urine that becomes hard. This arises because of lack of drinking water or other things such as infection and the presence of urinary tract obstruction.
ESWL Therapy for Urinary Tract Stones
There is no need for surgery to treat urinary tract stones, including kidney stones. By using ESWL therapy, most urinary stones can be solved without surgery. ESWL therapy works for most cases, as long as the stone isn’t too large. Usually, the rock breaking process uses a special lithoclast tool that requires local anesthesia.
Basically, ESWL (Extracorporeal Shock-Ware Lithotripsy) is a rock shot from outside the body. Urinary stones can be broken with a shock wave without making cuts and without anesthetized. After completing ESWL, patients can immediately go home and move as usual.
The success of ESWL therapy is quite high. However, the success of ESWL therapy has several factors such as the type, size, and location of urinary tract stones. Overall, the success rate of ESWL therapy in dealing with urinary tract stones reaches 80-100%.
ESWL Therapy Procedure
To carry out ESWL therapy, patients need to consult and get a recommendation from a Urologist. Furthermore, your urologist will determine the examination that will be undertaken, such as an ultrasound examination, radiological examination, or laboratory tests. During the ESWL process, patients will generally feel a little pain. Therefore, before carrying out the therapy, patients will be given pain medication. This therapy is carried out approximately about 30 minutes. Patients can go home immediately after the therapy is done.