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Lithotripsy treatment for kidney stones now available at RMH

Published Sep 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

Lithotripsy treatment for kidney stones now available at Rome Memorial Hospital

Rome Medical Practice urologists will be offering patients an alternative to invasive surgery for the removal of kidney stones at Rome Memorial Hospital starting Sept. 12.

AMP Urologists Dr. Wael Muakkassa, Dr. Bashar Omarbasha and Dr. Brent Carlyle will perform lithotripsy for the treatment of stones in the kidney and ureter in Rome Memorial Hospital’s newly renovated procedure room.

Lithotripsy uses high energy shock waves, which are passed through the body and used to break stones into pieces as small as grains of sand. Because of their small size, these pieces can more easily pass from the body along with the urine.

During the procedure, the patient lies on top of a soft cushion or membrane through which the waves pass. About 1-3 thousand shock waves are needed to crush the stones. The complete treatment takes about 45 to 60 minutes.

“The main advantage of this treatment is that many patients may be treated for kidney stones without an invasive procedure,” said Dr. Carlyle. “As a result, complications, hospital stays, costs and recovery time are reduced.”

Lithotripsy may not be the best treatment option for all patients, however.

“The size, number, location and composition of the stones are factors that must be taken into account when exploring treatment options,” Dr. Carlyle said. “With lithotripsy, the stones must be clearly viewed by the x-ray monitor so the shock waves can be targeted accurately. If anatomical abnormalities prevent this, other methods of stone removal may have to be considered. Through examination, x-ray and other tests, we can decide what the best treatment is for the patient.” 

According to the National Kidney Foundation, in those patients who are thought to be good candidates for this treatment, about 70 to 90 percent are found to be free of stones within three months of treatment. The highest success rates seem to be in those patients with mobile stones that are located in the upper portions of the urinary tract (kidney and upper ureter). After treatment, some patients may still have stone fragments that are too large to be passed. These can be treated with other methods if symptoms persist.

To schedule an appointment with one of the urologists at Rome Medical Practice Urology, call 315.356.7390. The office is located in the Griffiss Professional Complex at 267 Hill Road, Suite 300, accessed by turning on Avery Road next to AmeriCU Federal Credit Union.