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What does extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy feel like or are you out?

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Dr. Michael Mascia
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In brief: Anesthesia is usual

During extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, most patients are under general anesthesia, or given intravenous analgesics by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist.
If the patient is not under general anesthesia (some systems don't require it) they may feel a "slap" in the area of the shock wave, but it is generally reduced by analgesics, and some drugs eliminate recall of the event. Dr. Mike.

In brief: Anesthesia is usual

During extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, most patients are under general anesthesia, or given intravenous analgesics by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist.
If the patient is not under general anesthesia (some systems don't require it) they may feel a "slap" in the area of the shock wave, but it is generally reduced by analgesics, and some drugs eliminate recall of the event. Dr. Mike.
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