Belgian Experience with the Direx Tripter X-1
In the Department of Urology of the University of Liege Medical Center, 207 kidneys were treated by shock wave lithotripsy using the Direx Tripter X-1. Various forms of anesthesia/sedation were used. A 93% fragmentation rate was obtained, and 80% of patients were stone free at three months. Thirteen percent of cases required multiple treatments. In 6% of cases, post-ESWL auxiliary procedures were performed. No significant complications were encountered. Utilization of the Tripter X-1, equipped with C-arm fluoroscopy, is quite simple, and the apparatus is reliable. This type of lithotripter provides affordable treatment of upper urinary tract calculi in any hospital, with results comparable to those obtained with more sophisticated and expensive machines.
KeywordsShock Wave Shock Wave Lithotripsy Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Ureteral Calculus Fragmentation Rate
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