Frequently Asked Questions
ESWL or extra Corporeal (outside the body) Shock Wave Lithotripsy (breaking up of stones) is a procedure to break up the kidney and ureteric stones WITHOUT SURGERY into fine sand like particles which subsequently flow out with urine.
This procedure is being widely and successfully used in USA, UK, Germany and other European countries since 1980. It is considered to be the most superior, safe, modern and scientific procedure of removing kidney and uretric or urinary stones and is approved by the HEALTH AUTHORITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD. Over 60 lakh patients have already been treated by over 2800 installations all over the world.
It is a medical and non-invasive procedure to disintegrate Kidney, Ureteric and Bladder Stones without surgery.
Single and multiple stones of various chemical compositions, size and shapes can be now disintegrated. Till recently surgery with its risks was the only answer.
Its advisable to treat by lithotripsy in such cases as repeated surgery leads to scarring and subsequent loss of function of kidneys which can be avoided.
Routine checkup and usual investigations are required.
Average sitting takes 30-40 minutes depending on the size and number of stones and usually no hospital stay is required.
Yes all ages patients can be treated except pregnant females and patients with a pace maker are not allowed to undergo this procedure .
Stones are converted to small particles or sand like dust which then flows down into the bladder to be cleared from body in urine.
Adequate facilities for follow up are available at the centre.
The treatment will be carried out by a team of eminent Lithotripsy consultants & urologist.
Usually the cost of treatment, inclusive of doctor's fee, anesthesia if required and post treatment care is Rs. 15,000/-(approx.). In case of large and multiple stones cost may vary.