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Before the Procedure

•  You will be contacted by the facility to receive pre-SWL instructions.

•  Your doctor will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.

•  You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the procedure. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear.

•  In addition to a complete medical history, your doctor may perform a complete physical examination to ensure you are in good health before undergoing the procedure.

•  Be sure to complete any blood tests or other diagnostic tests ordered by your urologist or facility.

•  Fasting before the procedure may be indicated, depending on the type of anesthetic or sedation used. You will be given instructions on how many hours to fast before the procedure if necessary.

•  If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify your health care provider.

•  Notify your doctor if you are sensitive to or allergic to any medications, latex, tape, iodine, shellfish, or anesthetic agents (local and general).

•  Notify your doctor of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.

•  Notify your doctor if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. It may be necessary for you to stop these medications 7 – 10 days prior to the procedure.

•  You may receive a sedative prior to the procedure to help you relax. If an anesthetic or sedative is given before or during the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home afterwards.

•  Based on your medical condition, your doctor may request other specific preparation.


** If during the week prior to your procedure, you experience any of the symptoms below, contact your urologist’s office and the facility immediately:

•  Fever/illness

•  Increase in blood pressure

•  High blood sugar

•  Increase in Pain