Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)—or lithotrips—is a safe, effective and common treatment for kidney stones. High-energy shock waves are used to crush kidney stones into sand-like particles, which the body eliminates naturally through the urinary tract. The procedure is completely non-invasive (no surgical incisions are required). Shock waves are administered through a water medium, directly over the site of the kidney stone. More than 2 million patients worldwide have been successfully treated with ESWL since it debuted in 1983. Our physicians perform lithotripsy services at a number of locations throughout the Western suburbs.