A treatment for kidney and ureteral stones in which shock waves are focused on the stone, and the stone is broken into small pieces so they may pass. These procedures are done by our physicians within the Dornier/Mid Atlantic Mobile Lithotripsy Unit, located at MAUA.
About kidney stones:
When substances that normally pass through the kidneys remain in the urinary tract, they may crystallize and harden into a kidney stone. If these stones break free of the kidney, they can travel through, and get blocked in the finer passages of the urinary tract. Some kidney stones are small enough to pass through the urinary tract without discomfort, while other stones may be larger and have rough edges causing extreme pain as they travel through. The areas most disposed to trapping kidney stones are the bladder, ureters, and urethra.
Most kidney stones are composed of calcium; however, there are other types that can develop such as struvite stones, uric acid stones and cysteine stones.
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