7 Kidney Stone Treatments And 10 Ways To Prevent Them

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4. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

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In such cases when the kidney stones are too big to pass, patients can receive a few different kinds of doctor-led treatments. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy or ESWL, is when a doctor uses sound waves to break up bigger kidney stones into tiny pieces which can then be passed through urine. Because the procedure can be painful, a patient can be given an anesthetic or even be sedated during the procedure, which can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.