Lithotripsy (ESWL)

In the case of ESWL, shock wave is generated after a mass particle breaks through the sound barrier and creates a sonic boom. The shock waves are concentrated and focussed in a concave mirror. The maximum energy of this shock wave is directed onto the stone, which shatters into smaller pieces. In rare cases, this can lead to haemorrhaging in the focussed area.

Shock wave therapy was first used in urology in the 1980s and revolutionised stone treatment. This method is advantageous because it is non-invasive. Unfortunately, the stones do not always fall apart during the first session. In some cases, several treatments are required. In addition, the debris must also exit spontaneously. Residual pieces often remain and form a focal point for other concrements.

[Translate to Englisch:] Video Nierensteinzertrümmerung (ESWL)

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