Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) is one of the most common treatments for kidney stones. High-energy shock waves are directed at a kidney stone, causing it to break apart.
ESWL is one of the most commonly used methods for getting rid of kidney stones. With this procedure, a lithotripter sends shock waves from outside your body to reach the kidney stones. The repeated impact from the machine puts stress on the stone, causing it to eventually crumble into sand-like pieces that can be passed through urine.
UC Irvine Urology has long been recognized as a leader in the management of kidney stones. The University of California Irvine Douglas Hospital, in co-operation with the Department of Urology, formally launched the UCI Kidney Stone Center with the first most advanced 80kw Gemini lithotripsy unit in the world to be used for cases.
This multi-million dollar advanced surgical suite is state-of the-art, including the best endoscopic equipment available, and it houses the latest and most comprehensively equipped rendition of the extracorporeal lithotripter.
The Lithotriptor was first developed by the Dornier Company nearly four decades ago to treat kidney stones in a completely non-invasive manner. To say the least, the upgrades to the machine have been substantial. The machine combines twin imaging modalities, fluoroscopy and ultrasound, in order to ensure the optimal targeting of the kidney stone. In addition, the unit is designed with another “twin” purpose in mind: to bring both extracorporeal and minimally invasive stone therapy together.