Lithotripsy or ESWL (extracorpeal shock wave lithotripsy) is scheduled through your physician and the operating room. They will inform you of the time to arrive at the admitting department.
PREP: Your physician will instruct you on the prep needed.
PURPOSE: Lithotripsy is a shockwave therapy used to treat kidney stones without invasive surgery.
WHAT TO EXPECT: You will be positioned on the Lithotripsy table. You will lay on your back. Anesthesia will be administered. Once your kidney stone has been localized under Fluoroscopic guidance, a series of shock waves will be given to break up the stone.
TIME FRAME: 1 - 2 hours plus recovery time.