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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) at Urology Clinic DRHC Dubai

What is ESWL?

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) is a non-invasive medical procedure used to treat kidney stones and other stones in the urinary tract. It utilizes focused shock waves to break the stones into smaller fragments that can be easily passed through the urinary system.

How ESWL Works

  1. Preparation:
    • Patients are positioned on a specialized table.
    • Anesthesia or sedation may be administered for comfort.
  2. Procedure:
    • High-energy shock waves are directed at the stone using ultrasound or X-ray guidance.
    • The shock waves pass through the body and break the stone into smaller pieces.
  3. Post-Procedure:
    • Stone fragments are passed naturally through the urine over a period of days to weeks.
    • Patients may be given medication to manage pain and facilitate stone passage.

Benefits of ESWL

  • Non-Invasive: No incisions or surgical instruments are required.
  • Quick Recovery: Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days.
  • High Success Rate: Effective for most kidney stones and some types of ureteral stones.
  • Minimal Discomfort: The procedure is generally well-tolerated with minimal pain.

Conditions Treated with ESWL

Why Choose DRHC Dubai for ESWL?

  • Experienced Specialists: Our urologists are highly trained and experienced in performing ESWL.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology: We use the latest lithotripsy equipment for precise and effective treatment.
  • Comprehensive Care: From diagnosis to post-procedure follow-up, we provide holistic care tailored to each patient's needs.
  • Patient-Centered Approach: We prioritize patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction throughout the treatment process.

What to Expect During ESWL

  1. Initial Consultation:
    • Detailed medical history and physical examination.
    • Imaging studies (X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan) to locate and assess the stone.
  2. During the Procedure:
    • The procedure usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
    • Patients may experience a tapping sensation as the shock waves are administered.
  3. After the Procedure:
    • Patients may experience mild discomfort or bruising in the treated area
    • Drinking plenty of water is recommended to help flush out the stone fragments.
    • Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to monitor progress and ensure complete stone clearance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is ESWL painful?

Some patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, but anesthesia or sedation is used to enhance comfort.

How effective is ESWL?

ESWL is highly effective for stones less than 2 cm in diameter. Success rates vary depending on the stone's size, location, and composition.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Possible side effects include bruising, blood in the urine, and discomfort as the stone fragments pass. Serious complications are rare.

Can all kidney stones be treated with ESWL?

ESWL is not suitable for all stones. Stones larger than 2 cm, certain locations, and some compositions may require alternative treatments.


Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) at DRHC Dubai offers a safe, non-invasive, and highly effective solution for treating kidney and urinary tract stones. Our state-of-the-art technology, experienced specialists, and patient-centered care ensure optimal outcomes and a quick return to normal activities. Trust DRHC Dubai for comprehensive and compassionate care in managing your kidney stone needs. Your health and comfort are our top priorities.

If you are in search of the best Urology clinic in Dubai or an urologist in Dubai, then call on +97142798200 for consultation with our consultant urologist. Dubai at Urology Clinic - DRHC offers the best urologist for Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) in Dubai. Our DRHC is headed by a urologist with several years of experience.

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