The Urology Department at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has received some state of the art equipment for the treatment of kidney and bladder stones.
Airedale Hospital and Community Charity has funded the purchase of a Swiss Lithoclast Trilogy Lithotripter, for the removal of kidney stones and bladder stones, costing £50,000.
The hospital’s urology team carry out approximately 50 of these procedures each year, around half of which are complex cases requiring specialist treatment. The new equipment aims to reduce procedure time and enhance the surgical experience for both the patients and the urology team. The machine safely breaks down, removes and collects stones using a single probe and the controls and touchscreen allow clinicians to easily customise energy and suction settings.
The system has great patient benefits too. It means that patients can be treated sooner and their treatment can take less time. The new equipment provides better outcomes for patients as they are able to get home and back to their usual activities quicker.
(Photographed L-R: Anita Graham, Hassan Khan, Omer Baldo, Fiona Foulds, Rachel Roberts)