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Using Shock Waves to Treat Kidney Stones

Using Shock Waves to Treat Kidney Stones


Kidney stones affect 1 in 500 Americans each year. Kidney stones form when urine is concentrated and minerals crystallize and stick together to form small, hard deposits. These deposits can affect the urinary tract from the kidney to the bladder. Most can be painful as they pass but do so without causing damage. Shockwave lithotripsy is a non-invasive way to treat a single kidney stone.

Shaun E Wason, MD, discusses Shock Wave Lithotripsy, a unique treatment for kidney stones.