What is ESWL surgery?

ESWL, or extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, is a non-invasive treatment for kidney stones that uses shock waves and x-ray/ultrasounds to break down the stones and help them pass naturally. It works best for kidney stones that are small in size and even eliminate the need for major surgery in several cases.
MGM Hospital CBD provides ESWL surgery with their skilled urologists and lithotripsy experts. The hospital uses advanced equipment and technology to perform ESWL procedures, including the latest generation of lithotripters.



Get in touch with our MGM hospital if you notice any of the following ESWL surgery symptoms:

  • Abdominal or lower back pain.
  • Urinary abnormalities, similar to the symptoms of cystitis, such as frequent urination, pain or burning during urination, or the presence of blood in urine, etc.
  • Inability or difficulty urinating, or interrupted urine flow.
  • The presence of small, gravel-like stones mixed in with urine.
  • Urinary tract infection, with fever.


ESWL surgery is performed for the reasons listed below with the assistance of our medical staff at our MGM hospital:

  • Blockage in the ureter.
  • Blood in the urine or bleeding around the kidney.
  • Infection.
  • Mild discomfort or bruising on the back (near the treated area).
  • Painful urination.


Potential risks of shock wave ESWL surgery include:

You may experience internal bleeding and need a blood transfusion. You can develop infection and even kidney damage when a stone fragment blocks the flow of urine out of your kidneys. The procedure can damage your kidneys, and they may not work as well after the procedure. Possible serious complications may include high blood pressure or kidney failure


ESWL surgery can be prevented by:

Avoid strenuous activities. However, you can indulge in minimal physical activity. Increase your consumption of water. Add more fiber in your diet. Do not eat food that’s too spicy or contains high animal protein for a few weeks post-surgery. If you experience any abnormal symptoms, reach out to your doctor immediately.

How is it diagnosed?

MGM Hospital CBD provides the following diagnostic procedures for ESWL surgery:ESWL uses shock waves to break down kidney stones into smaller pieces that can be easily passed out of the body through urine. It is a non-invasive procedure, which means it does not involve making any incisions or cuts in the body.Procedures for ESWL surgery:
•Physical exam and medical history
•Imaging tests
•Blood and urine tests
•Electrocardiogram (ECG)


How is it treated?

MGM Hospital CBD provides ESWL treatment for kidney stones with a team of skilled urologists and radiologists.

The procedure usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete, and the patient can typically go home the same day. The recovery time can vary depending on the size and location of the kidney stones, but most patients can return to normal activities within a few days. The patient will need to follow up with their urologist to ensure that the kidney stones have been completely removed and to address any concerns or complications.


The patient is given a local anesthesia or sedative to help them relax and reduce discomfort during the procedure.


The patient is positioned on a cushioned table or chair, and an ultrasound or X-ray machine is used to locate the kidney stones.

Shock wave generation

A machine generates shock waves that are focused on the kidney stone. The shock waves are delivered through a special device that is placed against the skin on the patient's back.

Stone fragmentation:

The shock waves cause the kidney stone to break up into smaller fragments. The patient may feel a mild discomfort or pressure during this process.

Passage of stone fragments

The patient will be monitored to ensure that the stone fragments pass out of the body through the urinary tract. They may be given medication to help ease any discomfort or promote the passage of the stone fragments.

Our Experts

Dr. Piyush Singhania

15 Years Experience

View Profile

Dr. Nishant Khatale

7 Years Experience

View Profile