City hospital breaking new stones
ST VINCENT'S Private Hospital Toowoomba's urological specialists now have state-of-the-art technology to treat patients with kidney, bladder and ureteral stones.
The Cook Holmium Laser System is the first of its kind in Toowoomba and Drs Hempenstall and Desai are treating patients with this technology from this week.
The technology uses lasers to remove many different types of stones in the bladder, kidneys or urethra without any incisions.
Dr Desai said for patients it is a game changer.
"It's important, I think, for patients to be made aware of the benefits of this treatment, that we can do the procedures locally - no need to travel to Brisbane," he said.
"The use of the laser means immediate relief of symptoms to patients, a quick recovery time as there is no need for any incisions and patients can be discharged soon after the procedure."
Dr Hempenstall said the machine used a flexible laser fibre inserted into a scope through the urethra to the stone located in the bladder, ureter or kidney
"When activated, the laser beam breaks the stone into smaller sizes which are then capable of being passed naturally," he said.
"No incisions are necessary at the time of the operation, however, the procedure is done under general anaesthetic."
St Vincent's Hospital CEO Kathryn McKeefry said the ability to offer these procedures within the comprehensive urology service continued to provide options on the Darling Downs for patients who previously needed to go to Brisbane for treatment.