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Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

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The London Lithotripter Centre at Bupa Cromwell Hospital provides Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL) and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) to treat a number of conditions.

These include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Soft tissue conditions such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and other tendinopathies
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Peyronie's disease

Our specialist team uses state-of-the-art equipment and diagnostics to ensure you receive the best possible care in a comfortable environment. 

Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL)

ESWL or Lithotripsy is the breaking of kidney stones by pressure waves. These waves are focused onto the kidney stone with the use of ultrasound and X-rays. The pressure waves travel through the body tissues without damaging them and reduce the kidney stone to a fine gravel which may be passed naturally in urine over a period of time, usually with no pain.

Lithotripsy is usually delivered within 3 treatments dependent on the size and density of the stone. Each treatment lasts approximately 45 minutes over a period of weeks or until the kidney stone is broken down so it can be passed naturally.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

ESWT can be used to treat a number of soft tissue conditions and can either be used in place of surgery or as a complimentary treatment with surgery to aid recovery. ESWT is a non-invasive treatment which is clinically proven to have a positive effect on chronic conditions such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and other resistant tendinopathy. The therapy is delivered through shockwaves focused on the affected area. These shockwaves pass through the tissue without causing damage and create an environment that increases blood flow to an affected area. This increased blood flow supports and accelerates the body's natural healing properties.

ESWT is normally delivered over 3 sessions, each session lasts approximately 20 - 30 minutes. The treatment is relatively painless.

Why choose Bupa Cromwell Hospital for ESWL and ESWT treatment?

Our experienced team has access to the latest equipment and diagnostics to ensure that you will receive the best possible care in welcoming and comfortable surroundings.

How do I pay for treatment?

We welcome both insured and self-pay patients as well as company and embassy sponsored patients.

Once we have received a referral from your consultant or GP, a member of our clinical team will contact you to discuss the treatment and arrange a convenient time for you to attend the hospital for an appointment.


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Contact us

The Lithotripsy clinic is open from 9am to 5pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To refer a patient or make a booking:

Contact us at Bupa Cromwell Hospital IPC
Call Bupa Cromwell Hospital

Call the Business Office on 020 7244 4869

Email Bupa Cromwell Hospital


The office is open from 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday