Stones (calculi) are hard masses that form in the urinary tract and may cause pain, bleeding, or an infection or block of the flow of urine. Urinary tract stones begin to form in a kidney and may enlarge in a ureter or the bladder. Depending on where a stone is located, it may be called a kidney stone, ureteral stone, or bladder stone.
A urinary tract infection may result when bacteria become trapped in urine that pools above a blockage. When stones block the urinary tract for a long time, urine backs up in the tubes inside the kidney, causing excessive pressure that can cause the kidney to swell (hydronephrosis) and eventually damage it.
A kidney stone forms when substances in your urine become highly concentrated – which makes fluid intake one of the biggest contributing factors. If you do not drink enough water, you may put yourself at a higher risk for developing a stone.
Many kidney stones pass through the urinary system naturally, while others respond well to medical therapy. Yet some stones require a surgical procedure to break up and remove them.
Treatment depends on the type and size of your stone, its location in your body, and how your symptoms have progressed over time.
Your doctor may recommend the removal of the stone using the laser technology.
Using cutting edge technology, the Laserlith® i-dust System offers a complete range of minimally invasive solutions covering the full scope of Urinary Tract Stone Indications. Typical applications for this device include: hard stone lithotripsy, dusting effect lithotripsy, coagulation and ablation.