Kidney stones can cause excruciating pain. These solid crystals form from the urine and develop inside the kidneys. Stones vary in size and sometimes fail to pass normally from the system.
At one time, surgery was the only option. Now lithotripsy offers a breakthrough technique which utilizes shock waves to break down the stones.
The shock waves are directed by the physician from outside the body, so no anesthesia or painful incision is required.
ETMC Athens offers this treatment on an outpatient basis. A physician will determine if the treatment is appropriate for an individual.
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