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What is ESWL treatment for kidney stones?

ESWL, or extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, is the most common treatment for kidney stones in the U.S. Shock waves from outside the body are targeted at a kidney stone, causing the stone to break apart into tiny pieces. The procedure is done in an operating room while you are under anesthesia.

This procedure is sometimes called just shock wave lithotripsy, or SWL.

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