Novel instrumentation in urologic surgery: Shock wave lithotripsy

Michelle J. Semins, Brian R. Matlaga

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Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) was first introduced in 1980 and it rapidly revolutionized the treatment of stone disease. SWL is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that now accounts for the majority of stone removal procedures. Since the introduction of first generation lithotripter, the Dornier HM3 machine, SWL devices have undergone many modifications secondary to limitations, in efforts to create a more effective and efficient way to treat stones and decrease possible morbidities. Herein, we review the evolution of the technology and advances in the instrumentation over the last three decades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-426
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Urology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Novel instrumentation
  • shock wave lithotripsy
  • urolithiasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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