Common therapies and solutions for kidney stones often involve medications and lithotripsy treatments. For smaller stones, medications and large amounts of fluids may be adequate to help pass the stone. For patients with larger stones or stones that are trapped in the kidney or ureters, lithotripsy or surgical intervention may be required.
Shockwave Lithotripsy (SWL) – In SWL, shock waves are created that travel through the body tissues until they hit the stone, causing them break into smaller or sand-like particles, that can then easily pass through the urinary tract into the bladder.
Endoscopic Lithotripsy (ureteroscopy) – When kidney stones are lodged in the ureter, a surgeon can pass a ureteroscope through the urethra and bladder into the ureter. After locating the stone, the surgeon may use a laser to break it into smaller pieces before sweeping them with an Accordion URS or CoAx URS, or by removal with a basket-like device.
Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy – (PCNL) For large stones or those in a location where ESWL may not be effective, the surgeon makes an incision in the patient’s back and using a nephroscope, the surgeon locates and removes the stone.
The Accordion® URS , CoAx URS, and CoAx PCNL TM are designed to simplify and shorten all of these procedures. These devices facilitate the control of the therapy for stones and stone fragments in the body.