What is ESWL?
ESWL [Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy] is a medical procedure that helps to break stones in the kidneys, ureter, and gall-bladder or hardened masses like gallstones and bezoars. This procedure uses shock waves to break down the stones. ESWL helps in reducing pain while urinating and decreases the blockage to the flow of urine.
What are the advantages of ESWL?
The advantages of ESWL are as follows:
What are the indications of ESWL?
ESWL is indicated in the following conditions:
What is the preparation for ESWL?
What are the steps involved in ESWL?
ESWL involves the following steps:
What is the postprocedure care/recovery care for ESWL?
Who can perform ESWL [Right specialist type for ESWL]?
ESWL may be performed by a certified Nephrologist and Urologist.
What is the cost of ESWL?
Cost of ESWL depends on factors such as
Minimum cost in Bangalore starts from Rs. 15,000
Average expenses in Bangalore is approximately Rs. 55,000
Maximum amount to be paid in Bangalore rises up to Rs. 80,000
Is ESWL a major surgery or minor surgery?
ESWL involves the breakdown of the large and irregular shaped kidney stones into small fragments. It is a minor surgery as it is less invasive and has a few risks and complications than other surgeries.
What is the eligibility criteria for ESWL?
People who can undergo ESWL are:
What is the ineligibility criteria for ESWL?
People who cannot undergo ESWL are:
What are the risks and complications associated with ESWL?
Risks and Complications associated with ESWL are:
How long does it take to complete ESWL?
ESWL may take almost 45 minutes to 90 minutes to complete the procedure and sometimes it may take more than the usual time to complete the procedure depending on the shape, size, and location of the kidney stones.
What is the recovery time?
Most of the people who undergo ESWL may take up to 1 to 2 days for complete recovery.
What is the success rate of ESWL?
The success rate of ESWL depends on the following factors:
However, the success rate of ESWL maybe 90%.
Is ESWL painful?
Every surgery comes with a certain level of pain and some discomfort. You won't be experiencing pain during this process because you will be under anesthesia.
Is ESWL Permanent?
ESWL is a procedure which will break the kidney stones that cannot pass through the urinary tract. Sometimes the fragments of the stones may remain and obstruct the urinary tract and cause infection or there may be recurrences of the formation of the kidney stones.
What are the long-term results of ESWL?
The following are the long-term results of ESWL:
Can ESWL be detected in future?
ESWL is a non-invasive procedure which cannot be detected in the future.
What are the options if ESWL fails?
If ESWL surgery fails then the doctor may recommend performing Open surgery to remove the kidney stones.
What are the alternatives for ESWL?
The following are the alternatives for ESWL: