Kidney Stone Treatment in Milford, MA
Each year hundreds of thousands of people are treated for Kidney Stones. Prior to lithotripsy, kidney stone sufferers either waited for the stone to pass or underwent surgery. Today, 90% of patients, once for diagnosed, can now be successfully treated with lithotripsy. The most common type of lithotripsy is called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) since it uses high energy shock waves, generated outside the body, to break up stones into smaller pieces that are easier to pass.
Dr. Steinberg has vast experience performing ESWL and helped to create the largest consortium of urologists performing ESWL in New England over 20 years ago.
EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE LITHOTRIPSY (ESWL)
ESWL is a revolutionary technique that crushes a kidney stone while it is inside your body. This non‐invasive procedure is safe, less painful and doesn’t involve incisions or surgery. Shock waves from a Lithotripsy machine are directed at the targeted stone. These high intensity sound waves are harmless to your skin and body tissue but cause the dense stone to break into small sand‐like pieces. These smaller particles will pass from the body more easily than one large stone. Stone fragments usually pass out through your urine within a few weeks of the procedure. This procedure is performed as an outpatient, usually performed under IV sedation.
URETEROSCOPY AND LASER LITHOTRIPSY
Ureteroscopy involves the use of a small flexible or rigid telescope to directly see and treat stones. Under anesthesia, the ureteroscope provides a video image and has small “working” channels, and is inserted into the bladder and up the ureter until the stone is encountered. The stone can then either be broken up with a laser fiber or pulled out using small baskets that are inserted into the working channels. The advantage of this type of surgery is that the body’s normal openings are used and no incisions are necessary.