Jordan Hospital First in the United States to Utilize New, FDA-Approved Kidney Stone Treatment
Double Shockwave technology offers patients faster treatment time and reduced kidney damage
May 6, 2013
PLYMOUTH, MA — Jordan Hospital is pleased to announce that it is the first hospital in the United States to offer patients the recently FDA-approved Duet Magna shockwave lithotripsy technology for patients suffering from kidney stones. The Duet Magna is the first electromagnetic, dual shockwave lithotripter that provides patients with half the treatment time as well as a significant reduction in kidney damage.
“For individuals suffering from painful kidney stones, the Duet Magna offers them a cutting-edge alternative to existing kidney stone treatments,” says Craig Gillard, MD, chief of surgery, Jordan Hospital. “We are honored to be the first hospital in the United States to offer this technology to patients in our service area.”
Kidney stones are small, solid particles that form in one or both kidneys. Most stones are calcium-based. Kidney stones become a problem when they block the tube leading from the kidney to the bladder. One of the leading causes for developing kidney stones is lack of hydration.
On average, about 72% of the U.S. population does not drink enough water which can lead to the formation of kidney stones. Anyone can get a kidney stone. Those with a high-protein diet, obesity, previous gastric bypass surgery, family history, and dehydration are at an increased risk. Eating chocolate, nuts, leafy vegetables, berries, and salty foods may contribute to kidney stones.
If you have pain that radiates to the groin, abnormal urine color, or changes in urination, you may have a kidney stone. Adequate hydration is the best way to reduce or avoid developing kidney stones.
Duet Magna vs. Conventional Treatment
The Duet Magna is equipped with two reflectors and performs Double Shockwave Lithotripsy (DSWL) from these two sources. DSWL results in the formation of a unique butterfly focal area that concentrates pressure to the stone from two different angles and spreads the shockwave volume to reduce the risk of kidney damage. Conventional lithotripsy only allows for shockwaves coming from one area and may increase the level of kidney damage as a result.
Jordan Hospital is a not-for-profit organization serving 12-towns in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties. Established in 1901, Jordan Hospital is a full service, 155-bed, acute care community
hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); the Commission of Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists; the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and the American College of Radiology.
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