Equipment treats kidney, ureter, bladder stones
FREDERICK, Md. - With the recent purchase of a highly sophisticated piece of equipment, patients can receive fast and effective treatment at Frederick Memorial Hospital for one of the most painful medical conditions known - stones in the ureter, bladder and kidney.
Lithotripsy is the procedure for breaking up stones. The majority of patients need only one treatment. The recovery period is short, and most patients go home the same day. When surgery is done, the recovery can take up to several weeks.
Lithotripsy crushes large stones that cannot be passed naturally through the ureter.
Stones are located with X-ray. Then controlled bursts of compressed air accelerate a probe which is in a hand piece. This ballistic energy is transmitted in the form of shock waves to the stone which fragments as a result of the impact.