or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy
is the modern method of treating kidney and urinary tract stones, without making any
incision on the patient's
body. It is, therefore, totally non invasive, painless, safe, effective and revolutionary.
It was invented by a German supersonic
jet manufacturer called Dornier. This Company is now part of the prestigious Daimler-Benz Aerospace Group. Dornier is the World's leader in lithotripsy and has the best success rates of all machines on the World market today. The first time success in total clearance of kidney stones
approaches 95%, whilst the competition success rates
ranges from 60-75%
How does it work?
Successful treatment starts with optimum
localisation of the stone which is achieved by integrated X- ray. This is computer controlled by the Dornier lithotriptor ensuring precise localisation.
Following this localisation, an electromagnetic shock wave emitter (EMSE) discharges a predetermined number of shocks precisely at the stone. This
shock wave is not to be confused
with an electric shock. The repeated impacts directly on to the stone results in its pulverisation or crushing and the patient passes the small fragments. This may take up to
three weeks for complete clearance.
Same Day, no anaesthesia treatment:
The procedure is done as a day
procedure so the patient goes home the same day. No anaesthesia is required, only mild sedation is given. The patient can return
to work the next day, thereby minimising time off work.
Other proven applications:
The Dornier lithotriptor can
treat all stones of the entire urinary tract. It can also treat gall stones as well as it is fast proving its efficacy in orthopaedics.
Such conditions treated are tennis elbow, heel spurs, and calcinosis of the shoulder.
What happens to the kidney after ESWL:
is not damaged as the shock waves are precisely directed at the target stone.
There is more than ten years experience with Dornier and hypertension has not been found to be caused by ESWL treatment. There
will be transient haematuria (passage of blood in the urine). Apart from this, there will be no pain, or morbidity, following treatment
by Dornier ESWL.
Who can be treated:
Any age can be safely treated. However, patients on steroids,
aspirin, or blood thinners (anticoagulants) and those with bleeding disorders are not suitable. Once the patients
on aspirin, anticoagulants, and steroids stop these medications
for two weeks then they can safely have ESWL therapy.
Where will treatment be provided:
This is a mobile lithotriptor so that treatment can be administered at any medical facility. However, the machine will be headquartered at the Southern Medical Clinic at 26-34 Quenca Street,
San Fernando, where a full range of support and modern
facilities are available.
How do I obtain treatment:
Simply call Uroco Limited at: 6 L.R. SAWH (657-7294) or from overseas 868-657-7294. An appointment will be made for you and a preliminary consultation with the Consultant
Urologist will be arranged. At that consultation the
indication for ESWL will be examined after appropriate X-rays are taken. The patient will then be scheduled for ESWL once adequate indications
for ESWL exist.