The Cowichan District Hospital Foundation is raising funds to purchase a Thulium Fiber Laser — the new standard of care for treatment of kidney stones.

 

This laser is designed specifically to dust kidney stones back into tiny harmless fragments that pass painlessly. Why wait? The technology is here and the time is now.

What will the Thulium Fiber Laser mean to you?

Shorter operating room times will mean patients will be under anesthetic for a reduced period of time.

This equipment will allow the Cowichan District Hospital to treat larger stones that would have previously required a trip to Victoria or Vancouver for percutaneous nephrolithotomy.

The stone fragments are smaller which will mean that fewer patients return to the hospital with an obstructing stone in the post-operative period.

The tissue penetration depth is less than earlier devices. Minimizing tissue damage may lead to fewer patients requiring uncomfortable post-operative stents.

IN MOST ADULTS, KIDNEY STONE FORMATION IS NOT THOUGHT TO BE AN INHERITED CONDITION.
IF YOU HAVE HAD ONE STONE, YOU ARE AT AN APPROXIMATELY 50% RISK FOR DEVELOPING ANOTHER WITHIN 5 TO 7 YEARS.
APPROXIMATELY ONE IN TEN CANADIANS WILL DEVELOP A KIDNEY STONE.
MEN ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO DEVELOP KIDNEY STONES THAN WOMEN.
KIDNEY STONES INCREASE THE RISK OF DEVELOPING CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE.

 

 

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