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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

If you or someone you care for has ever suffered with kidney stones, you know how painful they can be. Urologists at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals offer a treatment for kidney stones known as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, or ESWL.

What Does Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Involve?

ESWL is a noninvasive procedure that utilizes a machine that sends shock waves directly to the kidney stone. The goal is to break a large stone into smaller stones so that they can pass through the urinary system.

Your urologist will discuss the procedure with you to determine if it is appropriate for your specific situation.