Kidney stone patients at London Urology at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth can look forward to a shorter operation thanks to a recent investment in the latest state of the art digital technology.
Mr. Leye Ajayi, a leading urologist at London Urology, said “By replacing our older equipment with two new FLEX-XC™ digital flexible ureterorenoscopes, procedures are now much quicker, very precise and I can take on large stones thanks to a higher resolution digital image.”
|Image of the kidney through a traditional flexible ureterorenoscope
||A bigger, brighter, higher resolution image as seen with the FLEX-XC™
Mr. Ajayi continued “The large magnified view also lets me see and retrieve the tiniest of kidney stone fragments allowing for an excellent stone clearance rate.”
Unlike previous instruments which relied on fibre optics for vision, the new FLEX-XC™ has a digital camera chip mounted at its tip and at less than 3mm in diameter, is the smallest of its kind on the market. In a minimally invasive procedure, the FLEX-XC™ is passed into the bladder and up the ureter (a long and narrow tube connecting the kidney to the bladder) into the kidney. Any stones are fragmented using laser energy and then retrieved in small baskets.
Flexible Ureteroscopy using the FLEX-XC™ is provided by Mr. Leye Ajayi and Mr. Simon Choong, consultant urologists and experts in stone disease at London Urology.
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