How Laser Lithotripsy Works

smiling doctor with stethoscope around his neckSurgical lasers like the HYPHO compact holmium laser have made the treatment of kidney, upper ureter and bladder stones safer, more effective, and more comfortable for the patients. The HYPHO can also greatly reduces operating costs for your facility.

The treatment of kidney stones with urology lasers is a procedure referred to as laser lithotripsy. The laser is used to break apart the stones in a minimally invasive manner and without an incision. A ureteroscope is passed into the urinary tract which provides a channel for the laser’s fiber to access the stone. Then, when the laser energy breaks the stone, the smaller particles are retrieved by a surgeon (basket retrieval) or passed naturally during urination. The HYPHO laser can eliminates the requirement for basket retrieval with a process called “stone dusting,” which can shorten treatment times.

Like any medical procedure, laser lithotripsy may come with potential risks. These risks can include injury to the urinary tract, blood in the urine, infection, or the need for additional procedures if some stone fragments do not pass. The HYPHO laser can assist the surgeon in minimizing these risks. The versatility of the laser to target both large and small stones without damaging surrounding tissues and the laser’s long pulse durations increase control and the stability of the stone and can create smaller fragments (“dusting”) significantly reducing the risk of complications during and after laser lithotripsy.

The innovative HYPHO laser can increase efficiency of the procedure, increase control (reduce inadvertent stone migration), reduce patient recovery times, increase ROI for your practice, and provide a more comfortable experience overall for the patient. Contact our team today to learn more about the compact HYPHO laser and how you can implement it in your practice for laser lithotripsy.