Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL) Specialist

San Fernando Valley Urological Associates

Urologists located in Tarzana, CA & West Hills, CA

One in 10 people will experience the pain of kidney stones at least once in their lifetime. At San Fernando Valley Urological Associates in West Hills and Tarzana, California, the skilled urology team offers ultrasound-guided extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) to treat kidney stones, depending on the appropriate size, composition, and location. To find out if extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy is right for you, call the San Fernando Valley Urological Associates office nearest you today or book a consultation online.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL) Q&A

What is extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy?

Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) is a treatment for kidney stones. The procedure uses a series of shockwaves to break kidney stones into tiny pieces that are easier to pass out of your body. “Extracorporeal” means that the shock waves are administered from outside the body, making the procedure completely non-invasive.

The extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy procedure San Fernando Valley Urological Associates uses is available on an outpatient basis. This procedure can be done on patients who meet the criteria.

Am I a candidate for extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy?

ESWL is typically ideal for smaller kidney stones and might not be helpful in treating very large stones.

You might be a candidate for extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy if you have kidney stones you can’t pass naturally but don’t want to have surgery.

The team at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates might not recommend ESWL to treat kidney stones if you’re pregnant, if you have existing infections or kidney disease, or you are morbidly obese (100 pounds or more over your ideal body weight and with a body-mass index of 40 or more). They can recommend alternatives to treat painful kidney stones and related complications.

What happens during extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy?

You can expect your treatment to last up to an hour. To keep you comfortable during your procedure, the San Fernando Valley Urological Associates team can provide an anesthetic before starting your treatment.  

Your physician will use ultrasound imaging to guide the technology into place. Ultrasound-guided imaging ensures that the shockwaves reach the targeted kidney stones during treatment.

How long does it take to recover from extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy?

Recovery from extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy is usually brief. You can expect to start walking soon after your procedure to speed up your recovery.

After some time in the recovery room, you can go home to rest. It’s essential that you drink lots of water and other fluids to flush out the kidney stone fragments. The team could ask you to strain your urine to capture stone pieces for further evaluation.

Generally, you can get back to your usual routine within a day or two of your shockwave therapy appointment.

To find out if extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy is right for you, call the San Fernando Valley Urological Associates office nearest you today or book a consultation online.