Wesley's Stone Treatment Center uses specialized technology to destroy kidney stones using shock waves rather than surgery. Called lithotripsy, the treatment is an outpatient procedure that takes about one hour plus a few hours of preparation and recovery time.
The patient is given a general anesthetic, then is transferred to the lithotron bed which is a mobile lithotripsy unit. A computerized imaging system pinpoints the kidney stone's exact position. Then shock waves are triggered and harmlessly penetrate the body to break the stone into very small pieces. These pieces are eliminated in the urine over the following weeks.