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Kinmen Hospital Will Start Using the New Shock Wave Lithotripter

Kinmen Hospital Will Start Using the New Shock Wave Lithotripter
2017/11/23
Reporter: Chen Guan-Lin/Jinhu
Good news for patients with urolithiasis! From the end of November 2017, the Kinmen Hospital will start using the new shock wave lithotripter introduced from the U.S., saving the patients with urolithiasis the trouble of going to the main island of Taiwan for treatment. Now, the Kinmen Hospital offers the extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). According to the Kinmen Hospital, the success rate of ESWL is about 80%~85%. It only takes 40-50 minutes to complete a single treatment. The ESWL can be applied to 80% of kidney stones and ureteral stones.
To offer patients with urolithiasis in Kinmen simple, effective, and quality medical treatments that save commutes, time, and money, Kinmen Hospital will start using the new shock wave lithotripter introduced from the U.S from the end of November 2017 with the support and funding from Kinmen County Government. For more information, please contact the Department of Urology, Kinmen Hospital.
Dr. Wong Wun-Cing from the Department of Urology, Kinmen Hospital indicated that ureteral stones refer to urinary tract stones, including kidney stones, calculi of ureter, bladder stones and urinary tract stones. According to the statistics, 9%-10% of the nationals have suffered from urolithiasis. The relapse rate is extremely high, about 10% annually, so long-term follow-up treatments are required.
Dr. Wong Wun-Cing also indicated that smaller stones (<0.5cm) pass out of the body more easily. About 80% of smaller stones can pass out of the body through medication. Bigger stones (>0.5cm) are less likely to pass out of the body and often require complicated surgical treatments.
Surgical treatments are divided into two types: ESWL and endoscopic lithotripsy. The endoscopic lithotripsy requires hospitalization and anesthesia, which is inconvenient for most patients; on the contrary, ESWL requires no hospitalization or anesthesia and has a success rate of about 80%~85% in terms of stone clearance; in addition, it only takes 40-50 minutes to complete a single treatment. The ESWL can be applied to 80% of kidney stones and ureteral stones. Therefore, ESWL is indeed crucial to the treatment of patients with urolithiasis.
In the past, most patients with urolithiasis in Kinmen had to go to the main island of Taiwan to undergo ESWL due to various factors, which is quite inconvenient. In views of this, the Department of Urology, Kinmen Hospital especially introduces the ESWL to offer local patients accessible and high-quality medical services.

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