lithogold380 – the new generation of devices in ESWL for a gentle therapy of urolithiasis
Renal stones are one of the most painful affections of the urinary tract. The affection rate in Central and Western Europe accounts for about 5% of the population whereas men are more frequently affected by renal stones than women. The affectionusually occurs between the ages of 30 to 50. The Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) was first introduced as a non-invasive therapy solution for renal stones in 1980. Today it is the most used treatment method for Urolithiasis. ESWL is characterised by a great success of the therapeutic outcome as well as little side effects.
How does ESWL work & why is the stone therapy with lithogold380 such a success?
The therapy of urolithiasis makes particular use of the physical-acoustic effect of Spark WavesTM. Spark WavesTM are generated outside of the body and are induced through the skin by means of a water cusion. The acoustic Spark WaveTM energy is concentrated in a focus and is directed onto the area where the stone is located. Once the sound wave of the Spark WavesTM hits the renal stone it takes a few thousand pulses until it pulverizes into sand grain-sized particles. These are being released through the urinary tract.
The particularly developed large focus of the lithogold380 in combination with lower peak energy allows an especially effective and kidney-friendly therapy. The large system focus completely surrounds and holds the kidney stone so that the in the focus concentrated Spark WaveTM energy can take effect on the stone from all sides disintegrating it through the so-called squeezing effect. The likelihood of the stone fragmentation lies at about > 95%. The follow-up treatment rate with lithogold380 has been reduced to < 7%.
Another advantage of the lithogold380 is the limited maximum pressure of the therapy system which guarantees an especially gentle treatment for the renal tissue reducing anaesthesia to a minimum.
Which urological indications are approved for the Spark WaveTM therapy with lithogold380?
- Renal stones
- Ureteral stones.
How is the Spark WaveTM treatment with lithogold380 conducted?
The treatment of kidney stones is carried out on an either outpatient or inpatient basis usually requiring no general anesthesia. It generally suffices to immobilize the patient through analgesics. During the therapy process, the renal stones are located via X-ray or ultrasound as a start. Afterwards ultrasound gel is applied to the treatment area and the therapy head is put on top releasing the Spark WavesTM onto the affected area. The quantity of applied Spark WavesTM depends on the type of stone. The regeneration time of the patient treated with ESWL is mostly quite short. After a few days already it is possible for the patient to participate in daily life again.
Treatment duration & number of treatments with lithogold380
Only one ESWL treatment is generally sufficient for the successful fragmentation of the stones.
How successful is the stone therapy with lithogold380?
95% of all patients are already free of symptoms and pain after one treatment with lithogold380.
Which side effects may occur?
Shortly after the stone treatment it is possible that blood appears in the urine. Where the Spark WavesTM were applied onto the skin temporary reddening as well as short-term unease is possible.