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Shocked by the power

Shocked by the power

Published at 6:53pm 30th April 2018. (Updated at 5:38pm 1st May 2018)

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Lithotripsy has been around since the 1980s and uses shockwaves to "shatter" kidney stones in order for it to pass with ease. Shockwave therapy is now regularly being used to improve men's health and in the future, could become pivotal in wound healing as Leeds Urology Partnership explains.

Over the last 10 years, admission to A&E departments with kidney stones has increased by 115% and the condition can be incredibly painful. Lithotripsy, or shockwave therapy, is a painless treatment that in simple terms, takes the power of an ultrasound and turns it up many notches to produce approximately 13,000 pounds of pressure per square inch that shatters the hard calcium deposits that crystalise to form kidney stones.

Two sides to every coin

On the flip side of the destructive power to destroy kidney stones, the shockwave therapy can be turned to a low power in order to repair tissues and since the mid to late 1990s, this has been used in orthopedic and sport medicine, along with the treatment of Peyronie's disease, a penis problem caused by scar tissue.

One in ten

Only 33% of men who suffer with Erectile dysfunction, or ED, come forward to discuss the issue and one in ten Worldwide will at some stage of their life experience this complex problem.  Kevin Jones is at the forefront of the research into shockwave therapy being used to aid men with ED and the treatment is pain free. So far, the success has been positive.

 What does the future hold?

Kevin thinks the next step for shockwave therapy will be wound healing connected with diabetes. It is a big issue in the UK currently and alongside the increase in numbers with kidney stones, diet has to be addressed too.

For more, head to the Yorkshire Shockwave centre and if your are concerned regarding kidney stones, contact Leeds urology.

Hear Kevin Jones alongside Dr. Olly Kayes from Leeds Urology Partnership discussing the success of Shockwave therapy with Stray FM's Pete Egerton.

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