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Department of Urology SLK Kliniken Heilbronn - Stone formation will be treat sustainable

Urolithiasis today: Outpatient - Gentle - Effective

Our devices are state of the art of modern technology. Therefore urologic stone diseases, such as renal and ureteral stones can be treated outpatient.

It is important to know that only a combination of many factors, ultimately leading to stone formation. The disease is often described as multifactorial. A clearly defined problem of Urolithiasis based on total less than 10% of cases.

Every person has substances that promote or inhibit the stone formation. These are in balance in the case of a healthy person. Stone forming substances are normally excreted in the urine. If the concentration of individual substances exceeds certain limits, crystals are formed. Even if several crystals grow together in a long time, may be urinary stones will be formed.

Risk Factors

The stone formation is favored by various factors.The specific risk factors in addition to family arrangements are a vitamin therapy (C + D and calcium) and if people drink too little. A further reason based on diseases that alter the metabolism. These are i.a.

- Diabetes mellitus
- Gout
- Kidney diseases
- An overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism)


Urinary stone disease can now be treated very successfully. The treatment of urinary stones is characterized by the use of minimally invasive methods. The stone therapy today is gentle on the patient and very effectively and accurately using state of the art of modern techniques like the combination of flexible endoscopes with the Holmium-Laser.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWL) is a further gentle method for stone-crushing and revolutionized the treatment of stone disease. Department of Urology SLK Kliniken Heilbronn is the center of expertise for this method with more than one thousand treated patients. With Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy, most of the obstructive urinary tract stones can be treated on an outpatient basis. The stone is fragmented from outside the body with the help of shock waves. These fragments are then spontaneously passed with the urine by the patient.

Patients benefit from a concentrated treatment that can be performed by the urologist in ultrasonic detection and without anesthesia.

In case of large or complicated stones which cannot be treated by ESWL alone, we have facilities and expertise with the most modern endoscopic and laser techniques at our disposal.

The stone can be accessed with the help of various endourologic techniques like Ureteroscopy and fragmented using Auriga XL Laser (LISL) and other energies, without the need for an open incision. Smaller stones are removed directly.