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Item Number: 35546, 105

Non-invasive technique of shattering renal or ureteric calculi using sound waves. This service is only provided at Brisbane Private Hospital.

Why is it done?

  • Renal stones of any size, usually larger than 1cm obstructing/ non-obstructing the renal pelvis or ureter.
  • Conservative form of treatment with external treatment administered through the skin with electromagnetic/ pyzo-electric shock waves.
  • Shock waves compress and distract the stone and the stone crystal fragments at its weakest links.
  • Non-invasive.
  • 70% of patients are stone free after this procedure, depending on the size of the stone and consistency of the stone.
  • You may present with colicky pain on the affected side when stone fragments make their way down the ureter.

What to be aware of:

  • Colicky pain that persists.
  • Infection and fever.

Contact the rooms or your nearest Emergency Department ASAP

How is it done?

    • Patients will receive a general anaesthesia.
    • Prophylactic antibiotics is given.
    • The correct kidney is identified and marked while you are awake.

  • You are placed on a specifically designed table where a compartment in the bed underlying the affected kidney is removed to enable a large fluid containing probe to press up against your back.
  • With radiological imaging the shock waves are aimed onto the stone in 2 90 degree angles.
  • The stone is then bombarded with the shock waves. A total of approx. 4000 shots are administered until the stone fragments and disappears.

What next?

  • As soon as you are awake and have kept some food down and emptied your bladder, you may leave for home.
  • You may experience bllod in your urine.
  • You may experience colicky/crampy pains as you pass the fragments.
  • Allow for a few days for stabilization of symptoms.
  • A ward prescription may be issued on your discharge, for your own collection at any pharmacy.
  • A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for 3 months. If any stones are caught and sent for evaluation, stone analysis results will be discussed at this consultation in order to formulate a plan to prevent recurrences.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask Jo if you have any queries.

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Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy ESWL