A Safe, Minimally Invasive Procedure to Break Up Kidney Stones

Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL)
In this non-invasive technique for the treatment of stones in the kidney and ureter, high energy shock waves are used to break stones into small, easily passed particles. Using x-ray or ultrasound, the stones are targeted for precise application of the sound waves, reducing recovery time and side effects.

Highly effective, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is successful in eliminating stones within three months of treatment in most cases. This simple outpatient procedure takes approximately an hour to complete under general anesthesia. Recovery time with ESWL is short as most patients resume normal activity within a few days.

Laser Lithotripsy

Typically indicated in the treatment of larger kidney stones, the Urologist uses a small scope placed in the urinary tract to pinpoint the exact location of the stone in the kidney, bladder, urethra, or ureter. An optical fiber with a laser light is then utilized to target the stone with a high level of accuracy, reducing the stone to particles easily passed in the urine.

This minimally invasive procedure is typically performed under either local or general anesthesia and takes approximately an hour or two to complete.

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)

This surgical procedure removes stones directly from the kidney via a narrow tube inserted through a tiny incision in the skin, near the lower back. Used to remove larger stones (over 2 cm. in diameter) or those in locations that cannot be treated with ESWL, Dr. Atwell extracts the stone fragments in this treatment, preventing natural passage from the kidney. In some cases, an energy probe can also be used in conjunction with this procedure to break the stone into pieces before removal.

This inpatient procedure is performed under anesthesia and generally requires a short hospital stay. To determine the best treatment method for your age and health, schedule a consultation with Vero Urology Center for an evaluation and to review your options.