Extracorporeal lithotripsy

Extracorporeal Lithotripsy is a medical procedure that uses chocque waves (ESWL) to break up stones in the kidney, vegija or ureter (the tube that carries urine to the bladder). After the process, the tiny pieces of stones pass out of the body through the urine. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ie outside the body) shock wave is the most common type of lithotripsy. Often, patients are placed under general anesthesia during the process, which usually lasts between 45 minutes and an hour.