Metropolitan General runs a Lithotripsy Unit. Its highly experienced medical and nursing staff, along with the cutting-edge medical equipment, guarantees the provision of top quality healthcare services.
The Unit conducts stone removals, applying all methods available. The removal method depends on the size of the stone(s) and their site(s).
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
The Lithotripsy Unit of the Metropolitan General Hospital is equipped with a high tech lithotripter, manufactured by Dornier Company - a pioneer in this field, which can treat renal, ureter and urinary bladder lithiasis with exceptional precision.
Calculi detection can be performed either radiographically with C-arm or ultrasonographically, or even a combination of both. The frequency and energy of shock waves are regulated on the basis of the density and location of the calculus.
The effectiveness can reach levels as high as 90% thanks to the fact that the shock beam is precisely directed onto the calculus. Thanks to the advanced technology of this medical device, all the energy centered on the calculus increases, resulting in more efficient fragmentation of the calculus. This contributes largely to the erosion and fragmentation of the calculus into tiny pieces, which are removed through the process of urination without affecting the adjacent fibers.
Throughout lithotripsy, the patient can view the entire procedure through a monitor.
The examining table is ergonomically designed in such a way that the patient is correctly positioned on it ensuring the best possible results. At the same time, the use of audiovisual equipment, including radio and TV monitors, makes the stay of the patient comfortable during their treatment.
The fragmentation of the calculus is achieved thanks to this medical device painlessly without surgical operation or general anesthesia, and it lasts only 30-40 minutes.
This method is usually applied when the stone is located in a lower part of the body, next to the urinary bladder, or when the desired result has not been achieved with ESWL.
Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL)
PNL is applied when a large stone is located inside the kidney (staghorn calculi)
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