Lithotripsy at St. Joseph's/Candler

Lithotripsy, a treatment option for kidney stone sufferers, is a safe, highly effective, non-invasive procedure for removing kidney stones. Lithotripsy uses shock waves to break the stone into tiny, sand-like particles that pass spontaneously with urine.

A preliminary evaluation by your urologist is required to determine if you are a candidate. Tests include blood and urine analysis, bacteriological studies, X-raysEKG and additional studies of kidney function if necessary.

Some factors considered prior to lithotripsy are the size, location and number of stones, as well as overall physical condition. Your urologist will determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. Please note that stones in the prostate gland and gallbladder are not treatable using lithotripsy.

Lithotripsy is usually performed on an ambulatory basis and takes about an hour; however, the precise length of treatment and hospital stay varies. Most patients return to work within a few days.

Symptomatic Urinary Stone Disease Statistics

  • Affects approximately 1-5% of the population in industrialized countries
  • The annual age-adjusted incidence rate is 11 per 10,000 men and 3.6 per 10,000 women
  • The peak age of incidence is between the third and fifth decades of life
  • Caucasian patients are 3-4 times more likely to develop symptomatic stone disease than African-Americans
  • Affluence, sedentary occupations and increased intake of dietary protein and salt appear to be risk factors for stone disease
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Campus: 11705 Mercy Blvd., Savannah, GA 31419, (p) 912-819-4100
  • Candler Hospital Campus: 5353 Reynolds St., Savannah, GA 31405, (p) 912-819-6000
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