Lithotripsy (also known as shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) and extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL)) is a method of fragmenting stones in the kidney or ureter.
Not all departments have access to lithotripsy. Many hospitals have a mobile or visiting service that comes periodically to treat patients. In 2009, Oxford obtained a new fixed site lithotripter (Storz SLX-F2) which is permanently in the department to treat stones.
We have a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and radiographers who deliver this service. Information about how lithotripsy works and a comparison with other treatments can be found here.