Surgery Free Way to Remove Kidney Stones

Now available at Monmouth: state-of-the-art treatments that help people get back to the business of living.

STONES BE GONE A surgery free way to remove kidney stones is also on offer at Monmouth Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) was recently unveiled at the Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center, where specially trained urologists now use a device called the Dornier Compact Delta mobile lithotripter to blast the stones. No surgery is necessary, and there is minimal discomfort.

"This advanced treatment represents the latest breakthrough in ESWL technology, particularly in terms of accuracy and improved patient comforts," says Arnold Grebler, M.D., who is chief urology at Monmouth Medical Center.

Rather than having to sit in a tub of water as with traditional lithotripsy, patients now lie on a small water- filled cushion. The device's sophisticated, computer-guided system then targets high-energy ultrasonic shock waves at the stones.

"These waves hit the stone in a rapid sequence that is so precise that the stones crumble into tiny particles within minutes," explains Monmouth urologist Ira Keselman, M.D.

To find out more information, call 732-923-7830.


If you've endured one kidney stone attack, chances are you'd do anything to avoid a repeat episode. You can reduce the chance of a recurrence by taking these steps:

  • Drink about 14 cups of non-caffeinated fluids a day to dilute urine.
  • Avoid dehydrating liquids, such as alcohol, tea, coffee and other caffeinated beverages.
  • Limit your sodium intake.
  • Restrict the animal protein in your diet.

Ask your doctor for guidance, as preventive strategies may differ depending on the makeup of your stones.

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