OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Hospital is introducing a new service, lithotripsy, which treats those with painful kidney stones.
Lithotripsy services are now being offered at Oswego Hospital’s Surgery Center.
Lithotripsy is a non-invasive procedure used to treat kidney stones that are too large to pass through the urinary track.
During this procedure, which is typically one-hour in length patients will lay on a special table with a gel filled pad.
This high-tech equipment is capable of conducting the pre-procedure X-rays and delivering the necessary shock waves that break up kidney stones.
“This is very modern technology that is more comfortable and less invasive for our patients,” said urologist Gary Bozeman.
Dr. Bozeman, along with his wife, Elizabeth Bozeman, MD, is experienced in providing this procedure.
Both doctors Bozemans are board-certified urologists.
Like other medical procedures, an eight-hour fast is required and patients will be medicated during lithotripsy.
Recovery is generally 30 to 60 minutes, according to Dr. Bozeman.
Patients can resume their normal activities the day after the procedure and some may experience minor back soreness and/or bruising.
Within one to four weeks, small fragments of an individual’s kidney stones will pass, depending upon the size.
The lithotripsy procedure is conducted in Oswego Hospital’s seven suite Surgery Center, which offers the latest medical technology and a compassionate staff.