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Shock-Wave Lithotripsy (SWL) at Urology Clinic DRHC Dubai

Understanding Shock-Wave Lithotripsy (SWL)

Shock-Wave Lithotripsy (SWL) is a non-invasive medical procedure used to treat kidney stones. It uses shock waves to break stones into smaller fragments that can be easily passed through the urinary tract. This technique is highly effective for treating stones in the kidneys and upper ureters.

When is Shock-Wave Lithotripsy Used?

SWL is typically recommended for:

  • Kidney Stones: Particularly those that are too large to pass naturally or cause significant pain and discomfort.
  • Upper Ureteral Stones: Stones located in the upper part of the ureter near the kidney.
  • Patients Seeking Non-Invasive Treatment: Individuals who prefer a non-surgical option to manage kidney stones.

Symptoms Indicating the Need for SWL

Symptoms that may indicate the need for SWL include:

  • Severe Flank Pain: Intense pain in the side or back, often radiating to the lower abdomen and groin.
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria): Pink, red, or brown urine indicating the presence of stones.
  • Frequent Urinary Tract Infections: Recurrent infections caused by obstructing stones.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: Often accompanying severe pain due to stones.
  • Difficulty Urinating: Reduced urine output or discomfort during urination.

The SWL Procedure at DRHC Dubai

At DRHC Dubai, the SWL procedure is performed with the highest standards of care:

  1. Pre-Procedure Evaluation: Comprehensive assessment including imaging studies such as X-rays or CT scans to determine the size, location, and composition of the stones.
  2. Anesthesia: Depending on the patient’s condition and preference, either local or general anesthesia is used to ensure comfort during the procedure.
  3. Positioning: The patient is positioned on a specialized table with a water-filled cushion or gel pad placed over the treatment area.
  4. Shock Wave Delivery: High-energy shock waves are generated and focused on the kidney stone. The shock waves travel through the skin and tissue, breaking the stone into smaller fragments.
  5. Post-Procedure Care: Monitoring for any immediate complications and providing pain management and instructions for stone fragment passage.

Advantages of SWL

  • Non-Invasive: No incisions or surgical interventions required.
  • Quick Recovery: Minimal downtime and faster return to normal activities.
  • Effective: High success rate in breaking down stones into passable fragments.
  • Outpatient Procedure: Typically performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to go home the same day

Post-SWL Care and Management

Proper care following SWL ensures successful recovery and stone passage:

  • Hydration: Drinking plenty of fluids to help flush out stone fragments.
  • Pain Management: Medications to manage discomfort during the passage of fragments.
  • Activity Modification: Avoiding strenuous activities for a few days post-procedure.
  • Monitoring: Regular follow-up appointments to ensure all stone fragments have passed and to prevent recurrence.

Why Choose DRHC Dubai for SWL?

At DRHC Dubai, we provide exceptional care for patients undergoing SWL. Our multidisciplinary team of urologists and healthcare professionals ensures:

  • Expertise: Highly skilled urologists with extensive experience in performing SWL.
  • Advanced Technology: State-of-the-art lithotripsy equipment for precise and effective treatment.
  • Comprehensive Care: Personalized treatment plans tailored to individual patient needs.
  • Patient-Centered Approach: Compassionate care focused on patient comfort and well-being.

Book An Appoinment

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 Shock-Wave Lithotripsy (SWL) in Dubai. Our DRHC is headed by a urologist with several years of experience.