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ESWL (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy) in Singapore

Hospitals and medical centers in Singapore performing Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL).

Raffles Hospital

A full service private hospital offering a comprehensive range of specialist services by a team of 200 physicians. 35-40% of the patients are foreigners, and there is a dedicated department for handling medical tourists.

4 listed urologists:

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Dr. Fong Yan Kit

Laparoscopic urology and surgeries, endourology, management of urological cancer

Dr. Lim Kok Bin

Prostate diseases, voiding dysfunction, male infertility and sexual dysfunction

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Lithotripsy

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National University Hospital

A 928 bed teaching hospital offering a full range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services. NUH serves as a refferal center for cancer patients, pediatrics, cardiology and other specialties.

8 listed urologists:

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Prof. Kesavan Esuvaranathan

Head & Senior Consultant

Dr. David Terrence Consigliere

Neuro-Urology and Urinary Incontinence

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

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Changi General Hospital

A major hospital in the eastern side of Singapore, with a capacity of 790 beds and facilities to accommodate outpatients likewise.

7 listed urologists:

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Dr. Ng Foo Cheong

Chief & Senior Consultant

Assoc. Prof. Li Man Kay

Reproductive Medicine

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

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Gleneagles Hospital

A 380 bed private hospital offering tertiary acute care services that cover a wide range of medical and surgical specialties.

11 listed urologists:

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

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Mount Elizabeth Hospital

One of the largest private medical centers in Asia, with the highest number of private specialists including cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and neurologists, neurosurgeons and general surgeons.

13 listed urologists:

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

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About ESWL

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What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)?
ESWL is a procedure to break stones that are found in the kidney, urinary bladder or ureters etc, by using shock waves. It is a non-invasive form of treatment for stone removal by using auditory pulse. The stones are fragmented into tiny parts and passed out of the urine from the body.

How is ESWL Performed?

  • The patient is required to lie down on a water filled cushion placed on an examination table.
  • A mild sedative and antibiotics will be given to the patient.
  • Ultrasound is used to view the accurate location of the stones.
  • Gel is spread on the patient's skin to enable proper contact with the lithotripter sensor.
  • Sound waves, which are high energy shock waves are passed through the patient's body, focusing exactly on each stone.
  • The waves reach the kidney stones and a light beating sensation is felt when this happens. The stones are broken into small bits with the help of the waves.
  • A drainage tube may be inserted into the kidney through the back. This is used to drain urine containing the tiny parts of stones from the kidney.
  • Commonly one kidney is treated per session.

How to Prepare for ESWL?
  • The doctor should be informed about any medication that the patient is taking with or without a prescription. These may include supplements or herbs or drugs.
  • Certain medication that the patient is taking may be stopped two weeks before the surgery.
  • The doctor should be informed if the patient has any ailments or medical conditions, such as heart disease or pregnancy.
  • The patient should avoid taking any solid or liquid food for 4 hours before the procedure.
  • If the patient needs to take medication, it may be taken with a small sip of water.
  • The patient's blood pressure and heart rate is measured and urine is tested before the procedure.

Duration of procedure/surgery : 45 minutes to 1 hour

Days admitted : ESWL is done as an outpatient procedure.

Recovery : - The patient is taken to the recovery room for about 2 hours after the procedure.
- Pain relieving medication may be prescribed for about 2 days after the procedure.
- Antibiotics may also the prescribed to reduce any chances of infection.
- Follow up appointment are scheduled before the patient is discharged.
- The patient can recover to perform normal activities after about 2 days.

Risks : - Pain and discomfort
- Blood in the urine when the stone fragments are passing out for approximately 3 days
- Bruises in the skin of the abdomen or groin
- Kidney infection
- Uterus blockage
- Damage to the kidneys
- Ulcer in the stomach or small intestine
- Stone fragments being left behind in the body

After care : - The patient should rest at home after the procedure.
- Pain medication should be taken according to the doctor’s instructions.
- The patient should drink plenty of water and clear liquids to help the kidney stones pass out of the urine.

The doctor should be contacted if the following symptoms of urinary tract infection are detected:

- Severe prolonged pain
- High fever
- Urine odor
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Difficulty in passing urine
- Increase of blood in the urine

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