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Urology Services

Lithotripsy Service

Lithotripsy is a technique which treats stones that have developed in the kidney and ureter (the tube that takes the urine from the kidney to the bladder).

The Freeman Hospital is the most experienced provider of lithotripsy treatment in the North East of England

We use a technique called 'extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy' (ESWL) to treat the stones without the need for surgery. 

While the majority of small kidney stones can be treated using lithotripsy, large stones are not suitable for this type of treatment and will need to be removed using other methods, such as an operating telescope. 

More information

You can get more information on our Lithotripsy Service, including:

  • the staff you are likely to meet
  • how to find us
  • useful websites for more details
  • contacts for people you can talk to.

To find all of the above information about the Lithotripsy Service, please visit the Newcastle Urology website.

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