Researchers at Mayo Clinic reported an increased rate of diabetes and high blood pressure in patients who have been treated by shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) for stone disease.
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In a separate study, researchers in Indiana found that ESWL can damage kidneys. The more ESWL treatment they had, the more kidney damage they experienced.
What this means for stone sufferers
Even prior to the study, Dr. Andrew Portis, Medical Director of the HealthEast Kidney Stone Institute, largely stopped using ESWL because the treatment was not effective enough in clearing stones.
If you are planning to have ESWL, it is important to ensure that the procedure is likely to be successful in a single treatment. If you have had ESWL in the past, talk to your primary doctor about annual screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes.
Giving you the best results possible
The Kidney Stone Institute offers innovative non-ESWL techniques that have high success rates. These include ureteroscopy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy. We work with each patient to aggressively treat and prevent stone disease.