“I’m a chronic stone former, and I’ve been forming stones since around the year 2000. You know how painful they are—it’s compared to the pain to childbirth, and if that’s true, I have about 23 children!
If I’d been born in another generation, I wouldn’t have access to ESWL (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy) technology. My kidney stones gradually became worse over time and I started forming larger stones, with greater frequency. There were some days that the pain was so bad that I couldn’t stand…I’d have to crawl on the floor on my hands and knees. I’d arrange for lithotripsy and as soon as I had finished passing the stone fragments after lithotripsy, I’d have another stone—some as large as 15 or 20 millimeters.”
“I’m lucky to have access to lithotripsy, and I think about living in another time when lithotripsy wasn’t available. Certainly there is surgery to remove the stones, but not for stones that are occurring and growing as fast as mine do.
Now the stones are so large that I have two procedures—lithotripsy to break up the stones into large pieces and laser lithotripsy to obliterate the stone fragments into powder, and they’re certainly easier to pass that way. I actually look forward to the laser treatments, because passing a stone or a large stone fragment is so painful.
It’s been amazing—having this technology, and I don’t know if I’d be here—alive—without it. I appreciate the work that Dornier MedTech does. Without the technology, I wouldn’t be looking forward to the future, but now I certainly have a richer life because of this technology and I now look forward to the future.”