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Monday, May 21, 2012

Laser for Renal Colics- “Kidney stones”

Laser for Renal Colics- “Kidney stones”

In the year 2006, when I was in England pursuing Masters in Laser Engineering, as part of the curriculum, I had the rarest opportunity to witness kidney-stone-removal-procedure.

Laser science has carved a niche to a different-level. Laser Lithotripsy is one of the procedures to get rid of these (stones) renal colics. This treatment crushes kidney stones without touching any sharp instruments.

The technique, Laser Lithotripsy uses fibre laser. This is ingrained into the patient’s body through the urethra and up to the ureter. Once it reaches the stone, the laser is turned on and the stone is abraded.
The advantage of laser surgery is a higher success rate than with traditional methods and the laser is more effective on bigger stones.

After the surgery, when I spoke with the patient, he was very happy as the pain was less and that too the doctors claimed that the recovery period in this type of surgery is very less.
The advantage of using laser for surgeries is that the contract area is very minuscule, almost negligible, but the surgery has its own drawbacks. A few to say: the patient may experience bleeding for few days after the procedure.  It may cause infection, tissue scaring, and fluid overload.

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