The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Lithotripsy or ESWL is a minimally invasive technique that treats stones which have developed in the kidney and ureter (the tube that takes the urine from the kidney to the bladder), without the need for general anaesthetic and surgery.  

Using either x-ray or an ultrasound scan to localise the stone, high energy shock waves are passed through the body to break the stones into tiny pieces which will pass through the body when you urinate. 

This minimally invasive treatment means you can come into the unit, have your treatment and return home the same day, to enjoy a rapid recovery.  

Whilst the majority of small kidney stones can be treated using lithotripsy, large stones may not suitable for this type of treatment and will require removal using other methods such as an operating telescope. 

How to find us

The Lithotripsy Clinic is based in the David Beevers Day Unit at St James’ University Hospital. 

Contact: 0113 2066995 – Catherine Owen - Lithotripsy Sister.

Staff you are likely to meet

The clinical team in the Lithotripsy Unit include experienced specialist Cathy Sharp (Ultra Sonographer) and Nursing Sister Catherine Owen.  

The Consultant Urologists who specialise in Lithotripsy are Mr M Kimuli, Mr C S Biyani, Mr J Cartledge and Mr V Palit.   

Please note that although your appointment is with a named consultant you may be seen by a member of their team.

Useful links

NHS Choices – Kidney Stones