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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy or ESWL is an outpatient procedure for the management of kidney or ureteral stones.

The procedure is done under anesthesia but is non-invasive and utilizes a special machine that emits sound waves to break up a stone and then the tiny fragments pass down to the bladder and out the body.

The procedure takes about 40 minutes and there is minimal pain or recovery time.