Lithotripsy

Do you understand shockwaves? ESWT Treatment – Still on the Mark. The treatment makes use of the unique characteristic of shockwaves. Unlike ultrasound which has a sinusoidal waveform, shockwaves have high pressure amplitudes with very quick rise times and a frequency ranging from the audible to the far ultrasonic level. The intense changes in pressure produce strong waves of compression and tensile forces that can travel through any elastic medium such as water. The repetition of the shockwaves stimulates the...

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Studies continue on the efficacy of Shockwave lithotripsy in orthopaedics. Articles published recently in the Journal of foot and Ankle Surgery concluded that: ESWT was “ both efficacious and safe for participants with chronic plantar fasciitis that had been unresponsive to exhaustive conservative treatment” jfas45(4):156-210 2006 “The results of the present study support the use of electromagnetically generated extracorporeal shockwave therapy for the treatment of refractory plantar heel pain”   jfas46(5):348-357 2007 Over 16 years experience using lithotripsy equipment 8 years...

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Plantar fasciitis seems to be the flavour of the month at present. It is a very common problem but not always the easiest to treat. Recently published articles show that ESWT is becoming an increasingly popular mode of treatment and provides a very effective second line treatment where other conservative measures have failed e.g cortisone, orthotics, stretches/physio etc. It has minimal side effects and in our experience the effects have been quite long term with patients more likely to return...

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We remain committed to providing a high quality service to patients with persistent tendinopathies. QLS uses a dedicated ultrasound guided Dornier EPOS Ultra machine, enabling us to focus on the exact area/depth required for accurate treatment. No treating blind. It also boasts a dual power ability to select low through to high power as required, depending on the type of problem being treated. QLS has 16 years of clinical experience in Orthotripsy & has proved that a number of conditions can...

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The first lithotripsy unit set up in Qld was in Brisbane in October 1990 and was the first machine used to treat kidney stones in the state treating patients from Townsville, Rockhampton , Gold coast, Toowoomba……Urologists would fly down with their patients to do a list regularly. The original machine from the early 1980’s was called the HM1 Or Human model 1 and comprised a huge water bath, the Dornier MFL 5000 replaced the need for using a water bath...

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