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The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, work with patients to diagnose and treat urologic conditions. Our doctors utilize non-invasive lithotripsy as a treatment for kidney stones.
Non-invasive lithotripsy is a treatment procedure for kidney stones. Kidney stones are hard deposits that can form in your kidneys and can range in size from small pebbles to golf balls. They can stay in the kidneys or travel out of the body through the urinary tract. Kidney stones are one of the most painful urological disorders. There is no single cause of kidney stones. Adults over 40 and men are more likely to develop kidney stones.
Non-Invasive lithotripsy is a shock wave treatment that breaks up stones into smaller pieces that can pass out of the body in the urine. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the most common type of lithotripsy. "Extracorporeal" means outside the body.
With the use of an imaging X-ray or ultrasound, the kidney stones are located and a pulse is released. The frequency of the pulse is slow to more effectively dissolve the stone. There are long gaps between the pulses and power levels are gradually increased to break up the stones which then can pass through the body. Doctors will insert a stent (a small flexible plastic tube) in the ureter to keep it open while stones leave the body.
The kidney stone pieces can take days to pass through the urinary tract and can result in mild pain during their flow. Patients are advised to try and capture any fragments for later analysis to help with future diagnosis.
Most kidney stones leave the body without any medical intervention. Pain medication and lots of glasses of water can help pass the kidney stone or stones. If the stone is bigger than pebble size, non-invasive lithotripsy may be needed to remove the stone. In more severe cases, additional surgery may even be required.
The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of urological diseases and conditions. Mercy's urologists treat a broad range of urological disorders including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, kidney stones, interstitial cystitis and urinary incontinence. Our doctors utilize state-of-the-art treatment options including brachytherapy, cryotherapy and non-invasive lithotripsy, among others.
Dr. Alan Kusakabe offers comprehensive urologic care focusing on robotic surgery, with Firefly Imaging Technology, for prostate and renal disease. Board Certified urology specialist.
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