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Know What ESWL Is

ESWL or extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is one of the procedures used to treat kidney stone disease. Through ESWL, kidney stones or a collection of mineral compounds and salts that accumulate in the kidneys can be removed without surgery (noninvasive). ESWL uses a tool that can emit shock waves. This shock wave is concentrated around the kidney which is useful for breaking up kidney stones into smaller fragments so that it can be excreted with urine. This procedure is quite effective in destroying kidney stones with a diameter of less than 2 cm. The removal of deposits of more than 2 cm in diameter will be recommended through other kidney stone procedures. ESWL indications As mentioned above, the ESWL procedure is used to treat kidney stone disease. Kidney stones are characterized by urine containing mineral compounds that crystallize or accumulate in the kidneys. These mineral deposits are generally formed from calcium, ammonia, uric acid, or cysteine. Factors that increa…
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