Holmium Laser Lithotripsy
Urologist Dr. Dileep Bhat from Avera Medical Specialty Group and urologists from Urology Specialists of Sioux Falls can perform kidney, bladder and ureteral stone removal at Brookings Health System using a holmium laser. Urologists typically perform the procedure when patients are unable to pass stones on their own and experience discomfort and pain.
Holmium laser lithotripsy provides many patient benefits, including immediate relief of symptoms and a quick recovery. Laser lithotripsy uses a flexible laser fiber inserted into a scope through the urethra to the stone located in the bladder, ureter or kidney. When the laser is activated, the laser beam breaks up the stone into smaller sizes capable of being passed. No incisions are necessary and general anesthesia keeps the patient comfortable.
Referral for holmium laser lithotripsy is required. If you experience problems with kidney or ureteral stones, please contact your primary care provider first or visit the ER if warranted.
- Immediate relief of symptoms
- Quick recovery
- No incisions necessary
- Shorter commute
Watch Brookings resident Andrew L’Amour talk about his same-day surgery to remove kidney stones.