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Countywide Urology services improved with new machine

People in Worcestershire suffering from kidney stones are benefiting from receiving faster and more efficient treatment thanks to new surgical technology.

The LithoClast Master, a combined Holmium Laser, Ultrasound and Kinetic energy system for removing kidney stones is now in place at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, where Countywide Urology services are based.

The new system enables patients to be treated more quickly and efficiently by giving surgeons greater technical flexibility.

The equipment involves various technologies, all located on one trolley which can be used to operate on kidney stones with the ability to switch between different energy sources during surgery depending on an individual’s stone size, composition and location.

Using lasers, suction devices and other surgical energy the LithoClast Master is a top-of-the-range machine that will last for a decade, providing improved surgical outcomes and reduced pain for up to 100 patients per year with kidney stones from across Worcestershire and beyond.

Clinical Lead for Urology, Mr Paul Rajjayabun said: "I am delighted that the trust has recognised the importance of providing Worcestershire’s patients with the latest technology for dealing with this incredibly common condition. Up to one in five of us can develop a kidney stone in our lifetime.

"Thanks to comprehensive training with our partners at Boston Scientific the clinical team are already up to speed with the new LithoClast and our patients are already beginning to enjoy the benefits. This system will help us to deliver the best surgical outcomes for even our most complex cases and will allow the urology team to continue offering cutting-edge surgery for the county."