It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a kidney stone!

Every super hero has a gadget. Batman has his Batmobile, Iron Man has his armor, and now Board Certified Urologist Dr. Geoffrey Lloyd-Smith is serving up justice with his new Dornier Medilas H20 Holmium laser system for kidney stone treatment at Ozarks Community Hospital. It may sound like something straight out of a super hero novel, but the system is far from comical. It’s delivering serious relief, and it’s something you’ll want to know more about.

Kidney stones are a solid mass formed in the kidney created from urine materials. Most stones pass though the digestive system without any need for physician intervention, but occasionally the kidney stone may become stuck or grow too large to pass. In such instances, patients should seek medical attention. Potential signs of a kidney stone may include (but are not limited to):

  • Back pain
  • Blood in urine or darker colored urine
  • Painful urination
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

In the past, the only way for doctors to remove kidney stones was through extensive surgery. But with the help of laser technology at OCH, patients now have the option of removing kidney stones through a non-invasive outpatient procedure with minimal recovery. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Physician inserts a scope into the urinary tract to locate the stone.

Step 2: A laser is sent directly to the stone.

Step 3: The stone breaks up into smaller pieces and is washed out of the urinary tract.

Dr. Lloyd-Smith has completed more than 500 procedures thus far and brings this advanced technology to OCH. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Tressie (417) 837-4030 or contact Dr. Lloyd-Smith’s office (417) 837-4254.

Dr. Lloyd-Smith, MD at Ozarks Community Hospital  is board certified in urology and a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Urology Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and South Central America Urology Association. To contact Dr. Lloyd-Smith call his office (417) 837-4254.

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