What can a patient expect before a lithotripsy procedure?

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  • Physical exam by a doctor or specialist, urologist
  • X-ray , ultrasound , or CT scan to determine the thickness, depth, and location of the stone(s)

The doctor needs the x-ray to be completely up-to-date before the procedure. He/she will need to review the position and type of stone being treated to ensure the most effective treatment.

Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking before the ESWL procedure. Some drugs that are blood thinners (for example aspirin, warfarin, & ibuprofen) can interfere with blood clotting and proper healing.

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