The integrated ESWL machine enables the localisation of urinary stones by x-ray or ultrasound, and the eventual fragmentation of the stones by shock or pressure waves.
Extra corporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), as the term indicates, are pressure waves that are generated outside the body, which are passed into the body to break stones into small fragments. These fragments may even be as small as grains of sand. Once the stones are broken up into such small fragments, they pass out of the body through the urine stream over a period of time.
At NU Hospitals, we have the Direx-Tripter Compact Machine. This machine meets a wide range of requirements for the diagnostic and therapeutic treatments of kidney and ureteral stones. It utilises a new and revolutionary shock wave generator, the Tri-lien, which is actually three generators in one. The Direx-Tripter Compact Machine is a fluoroscopic-based electrohydraulic lithotripter. Stone localisation and patient positioning are performed with the aid of a computerised system.
Renal Stones: Renal stone disease is an ancient and common affliction of man. Over a 70-year life-span, it is estimated that about 15% of people will develop renal stones. Although very few individuals die as a direct result of stone disease, it does lead to significant suffering from pain, urinary tract infections, and obstructive damage to the kidneys. Though newer and more effective methods of stone treatment are available, the actual cause of stone formation frequently remains unknown. So recurrence is bound to occur.
Ureteral Stones: are stones that occur in the ureter (the tube through which urine moves from the kidney to the urinary bladder).
Bladder Stones: are stones that occur in the urinary bladder.
Urethral Stones: are stones that occur in the urethra (the urethra is the canal through which urine passes out of the body from the urinary bladder).
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