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Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) dramatically changed the management of renal and ureteral calculus disease, better known as “stones”, at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. With ESWL, stones are pulverized into smaller fragments by shockwaves and can then pass spontaneously as small fragments. ESWL is noninvasive, requires less anesthesia than other treatments for renal stones, and may render patients stone free without surgical intervention or endoscopic procedures. Medical Center urologists are the first in the nation to use lithotripsy successfully to break up gallstones in the common duct.

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