ESWL is used to remove a stone that:
Shock waves from the outside of the body are passed to the stone. The shock waves will crush the stone into small fragments. This makes it easier to pass the stone in urine.
some cases, ESWL may need to be done more than ones to get the stone small enough.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 4/1/2019