Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) was one of the earlier technologies which revolutionized the management of kidney and ureteral stones. The technology was originally introduced in Germany in the 1980’s. It continues to have an important role in treatment of stones as a non-invasive outpatient procedure.
The shock waves are generated by a high-voltage discharge. The shock waves are concentrated in a small area to break up the stones while limiting the effects on the surrounding tissues. The stone fragments are passed by the patient with or without a stent in place. The technology continues to improve and newer, smaller and transportable units such as the Dornier Compact Delta www.dornier.com have become available. ESWL services are performed at The Stone Center facility thestonecenter.org.
Dr. Frank sees patients at his West Orange office from nearby New Jersey towns, serving Livingson, Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Montclair, Essex Fells, South Orange, Verona, Caldwell, and West Caldwell.