A new non-invasive treatment for kidney stones has been introduced at Galway University Hospitals.
The treatment, called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL), commenced on Wednesday 29 August when the first patient was treated at GUH.
Lithotripsy is a medical procedure that uses shock waves to break up stones in the kidney, bladder, or urether. After the procedure, the tiny pieces of stones pass out of the body into the urine. Lithotripsy is an outpatient procedure and patients are able to return home the same day.
Ailish Mohan, Business Manager for the Surgical Directorate, said she was delighted to meet the first patients attending this service at Galway University Hospitals.
“This is a significant addition to the treatments available for patients attending the Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group. Local access to Lithotripsy will have a hugely positive effect on our patients’ wellbeing.”
The move was also welcomed by Consultant Urologist Syed Jaffry, who said that 11 patients, who would otherwise have had to travel to Dublin, were treated in the first week.
“As GUH is tertiary referral centre, serving the whole western region, this new treatment is an essential part of the uro-surgical service. We can now reduce waiting times for stone disease and can free up the theatre space for other life saving procedures.”