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Extra corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) is the type of kidney stone treatment that uses shock waves for fragmenting the stone. From outside the body, the pressure waves are targeted directly towards the kidney stone that fragments the stones inside the kidney or the urinary tract. This treatment is a non surgical, non invasive procedure through which the stones can be removed from the body with the help of high intensity shock waves that travels from the skin, tissues and then reaches to the stone & convert stone into fragments. On the basis of the size and location of Kidney stones, the doctor usually recommends for ESWL procedure. ESWL breaks the kidney stone into tiny pieces that can easily pass in urine.
Some of the types of kidney stones react fabulously with ESWL. Stones that are not more than 2 cm in diameter are best for the ESWL treatment. Larger stones with more than 2 cm of diameter cannot be treated effectively using this procedure.
For ESWL treatment procedure, x-ray and shock waves are required and thus some people having bleeding disorder, morbidly obese, skeletal abnormalities or the pregnant women cannot be treated.