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The frequency of stone diseases (urolithiasis) is increasing in Germany. The precipitation of soluble salts in the urine causes crystals to form, which ultimately combine to become urinary stones. The development of urinary stones can be caused by nutritional and drinking behaviour, or by specific metabolic disorders. Because of the localisation, one differentiates between kidney, ureteral and bladder stones.
Stones that are not passed often cause highly acute, severe pain. Depending on their size, location and composition, various therapeutic methods are used.
For larger stones, percutaneous nephrolitholapaxy (surgical procedure for the removal of kidney stones) may be indicated, provided that there is no untreated urinary tract infection and no pregnancy. Some stones can also be broken into tiny pieces using so-called extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy or dissolved with drugs (chemolitholysis).
Stone Removal Using a Basket
For larger distal ureter stones, a basket is appropriate for extraction. The duration of the treatment is shorter and very good results can be achieved, especially in obese patients and for stones with small shadows.
UROMED offers the »STONIZER®« for this, a product that delivers excellent user-friendliness. It is made from nitinol, a highly elastic nickel-titanium alloy and, unlike conventional stainless steel models, can therefore even be used in patients with complex ureter anatomies.
The »STONIZER®« is made from a single piece, which means it has no critical joints. Thanks to its rotatable basket, it allows straightforward retrieval of the stone with minimum risk of injury.