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Shock Wave Therapy for Kidney Stones in the Philippines

Updated on August 15, 2011

My experience with Shock Wave Treatment for Kidney Stones?

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy or Shock Wave Therapy for Kidney Stones
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy or Shock Wave Therapy for Kidney Stones

I actually just got shock wave treatment for my kidney stones. As in I'm still recovering and just got home around after lunch. I got it this morning, around 8am, in Asian Hospital. That's where my urologist is so it was fitting that I get my procedure done there as well. There is a history of kidney stones in my family and my urologist is really someone who's really trusted by my whole family.

It is quite expensive. Around 60k Philippine pesos per kidney but luckily due to my Asian hospital privilege card it was discounted and became only around 49k. I only got my left kidney done this morning and I have to go back for the right. I have talked about my kidney stones before but during that time I only needed to drink medicine and was able to pass them effortlessly. The same urologist prescribed me with some drugs like Acalka and Rowatinex and another one that's a herbal medicine called Sambong Re-Leaf forte. This time after I experienced pain again, I got another CT scan and it showed that I had a number of stones in both of my kidneys.

I figured I should write about my experience of getting a shock wave therapy or extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Aside from being able to help out those who are uncertain about what to expect when getting shock wave for their kidney stones, I will aslo be able to make some money through Google Adsense. I've actually made money through blogging before so I figured it is perfect to write about my experience and share it to the world and at the same time make some money. If you are interested more regarding this matter why not check out my blog about technology, social media, and SEO and read about my first google adsense payment.

This is me right after my Shock Wave Therapy treatment for my Kidney Stones
This is me right after my Shock Wave Therapy treatment for my Kidney Stones

Frequently Asked Questions about Shock Wave Therapy for Kidney Stones

I'm sure you have a lot of questions about shock wave therapy and what I experienced. It's really very intriguing because it's non-invasive compared to old school ways of getting cut up and getting the stones manually. Here are some questions I hope to answer as I write this article:

  • Did it hurt?
  • How much is ESWL?
  • Where to get Shock Wave therapy for Kidney Stones in the Philippines?
  • How long does the procedure take?

Well, first of all, you will be asleep during the procedure. After the nurses made me change into the hospital wear thing and inserted the IV dextrose thing, an anesthesiologist showed up and started talking to me about what to expect and other stuff like that. So since I was sedated, I didn't really feel anything. It is going to cause discomfort afterwards especially when the anesthesia wears off but really it's very tolerable and of course nothing compared the pain caused by kidney stones.

I actually had a lot of questions as well before getting my procedure luckily there is the internet. By researching online I was able to find a lot of information regarding this procedure and even found this video on YouTube below with a guy explaining what to expect when getting a shock wave therapy. Shows how medical professionals should really utilize social media and how patients can really benefit because of the internet. I actually wrote about the importance of why we should keep governments away from the internet.

A video about Shock Wave Therapy

What to expect after getting extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

I was really so weak afterwards. Aside from being so sleepy cause of the sedatives and anesthesia, I knew that I was really so weak. Urine will also have a bit of brownish or reddish tint but there won't be any pain. You might also become a bit feverish or get that feeling that you're about to have a flu or something like that. Up to now I actually feel very weak. It's as if my kidneys are very tired. After all, shock waves were used on my left kidney and surely it may have caused some sort of stress on it. All in all, I can function, I mean I am writing right now, right? So I guess you'll be very functional but weaker than usual. There's not much to worry about when getting shock wave treatment for your kidneys, the worry is more on the hopes that all the stones were taken care of. The procedure makes use of a previous CT scan I had and a real-time x-ray machine and ultrasound to locate the stones and destroy them with some sort of strong sound wave. Of course this isn't always 100% accurate and my urologist did warn me that there is a minimal chance that there will be stones that might be left behind in my kidney. But of course I am hoping that there won't be any.

I am actually a bit sad that I won't be able to eat certain foods anymore but hey it's way better than getting dialysis one day or something like that. Health is wealth, yeah? I hope this was able to help regarding your questions about shock wave therapy for kidney stones or extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy.

What are you waiting for? Consult your physician regarding shock wave therapy today!

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      Elmer 

      6 years ago

      Does St. Luke Hospital does it or Makati Med?

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