Hospital Angeles has an extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy service, which is a non-surgical procedure for treating kidney and ureter stones from outside the body to fragment them. Your urologist determines the stones’ location using an X-ray and/or ultrasound location system. The room has equipment that uses high-energy shockwaves to break renal calculi in pieces as small as grains of sand, which are then eliminated through urination. The intervention is normally done under anesthesia. The procedure usually lasts less than an hour.
Most cases do not require hospitalization, but based on the type of stone, your health status, and post-operational pains, your stay could extend by two or three days. It is important to ask your urologist any questions you have regarding your treatment.