Lithotripsy is a non-surgical procedure that uses sound waves from a lithotripsy machine to break up stones in the kidney, bladder, ureters, or gallbladder. The shock waves are focused on the kidney stone and break the stone into tiny pieces, which are passed out of the body naturally. Throughout the procedure, the doctor can view what is happening to the stone through x-ray or ultrasound monitoring. The procedure prevents you from having to undergo surgery to have the stones removed, which reduces discomfort, complications, hospital stay, cost, and recovery time.
If you or a family member have been diagnosed with kidney stones and need more information related to lithotripsy services, please visit our Medical Staff page for a listing of Urologists.