Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

Extracorporeal lithotripsy is a non-invasive treatment that involves the fragmentation of the stones, through the application of shock waves generated externally, i.e. outside of the body. The impact of this energy in the calculation, allows it to break down and thus be able to remove the fragments converted to grit through the urine. 


  • Extracorporeal lithotripsy is an outpatient treatment.
  • There are No age limits for your application.
  • Can be used in most of the cases of stones of the urinary tract.
  • It does not require anesthesia.
  • It is a non-invasive procedure with great efficiency.
  • Prevents the scar from the surgery.
  • Minimal risk of complications. 
  • Lower risk of infection.
  • The recovery time is reduced to hours.
  • Does not allow you to lower your ability to work is to have a rapid return to work.

What are shock waves in extracorporeal lithotripsy?

Extracorporeal lithotripsy is a non-invasive treatment, which lasts approximately 45 minutes. The patient will be lying on a stretcher and the Urologist placed the equipment in such a way that the emission of shock waves to be routed to break the stones of the urinary tract. The impact of the energy hitting on the calculation, it generates this to be fragmented and become the gravel, so that in this way be eliminated through the urine.

What are the advantages of this type of treatment?

  • Extracorporeal lithotripsy allows for the treatment of urinary stones without surgery. These calculations should have a size less than 2 cm
  • The treatment is an outpatient.
  • With the good teams is not necessary to use anesthesia.
  • Can be performed in patients with cardiac pathology.