Lithotripsy Surgery in Delhi, India with the best of hospitality and low cost benefit medical care
Lithotripsy is a non-invasive procedure that uses shock waves (thus the term Shock Wave Lithotripsy) to break up stones that form in the kidney, ureter and urinary bladder. The alternative names for Lithotripsy procedure are Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ECSWL), Laser Lithotripsy, Percutaneous Lithotripsy, Endoscopic Lithotripsy or Intracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ICSWL).
Why is Lithotripsy performed?
Lithotripsy is performed if the stone is big in size, has an unusual shape (stag-horn) or is stuck (impacted) in the ureter and cannot be passed out during urination following forced diuresis.
Procedure for Lithotripsy
The lithotripsy procedure generally takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.
You will receive local anesthesia with sedation to minimize pain and discomfort however, at the same time you will be required to stay still during the Lithotripsy procedure. You might experience a mild tapping sensation during the procedure. There might be mild discomfort or pain during the procedure.
There are two techniques available that are equally effective and widely used at most medical facilities. One method is that you will lay on a soft cushion through which the shock waves pass. About 2 – 8 thousand shock waves are needed to crush and fragment the stone(s) in a single Lithotripsy procedure.
The second method is you will be asked to lay in a special tub filled with warm water, stones will be located and visualized by x-ray or ultrasound and shock waves will be directed from the Lithotripsy machine called Lithotripter. These shock waves will pass through your skin and are completely harmless. The procedure described above is that of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ECSWL).
For Intracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ICSWL), an endoscope or Cystoscope is used to get close to the stone inside the urinary tract and laser waves are applied to fragment the stone into small particles. Intracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ICSWL) or Laser Lithotripsy is usually performed when the Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ECSWL) technique fails.
The sand like particles of the stone are either fished out in a basket attached to the Cystoscope and extracted out or they are passed out naturally during urination. Sometimes a stent is inserted in the ureter to keep it patent and facilitate the passage of stone fragments and debris with the urine, over the next few days.
You will spend the next couple of hours in the recovery room under observation for bleeding or any other immediate complications. You will be allowed to go home after one or two days following the Lithotripsy procedure.
Delhi, India is the most preferred destination for Lithotripsy Surgery by the global patients. The reason behind this haul is the availability of high quality and low cost Cystoscopy Surgery in Delhi, India. The hospitals in Delhi, India are among the most advanced medical outsourcing facilities in the world, with specific programs carefully designed to attract medical tourisms.
MBBS, MS, MCh
Consultant Urologist and Andrologist at Sunflag Hospital
Dr. Gautam Banga is a consulting Urologist and Andrologist for more than twenty years at Delhi, India. He has been trained extensively in his specialty at various renowned centers in the world like…for stone disease in Germany, Microsurgery in Belgium, Endo-urology, Urinary Malignancies, Impotence and Urinary Incontinence at Mayo Clinic, USA and for Infertility at Australia.