Kidney disease in conjunction with PolyScope flexible Endoscope System round seven million Germans have kidney stones. Many of those affected don’t even notice it, because the stones frequently cause no complaints up to a certain size or spontaneously are excreted via the urine from the body. A certain size and complications but the stones must be removed to avoid any build-up of urine and kidney damage. In these cases, the stone fragmentation by extracorporeal shock wave has established itself as the therapy of urinary stone disease, however there may be this residual fragments. Flexible endoscopes, like the PolyScope system, allow, however, usually a complete removal of the stone and offer additional advantages for patients and hospitals. The urolithiasis, the urinary stone formation in the jargon is said, is not a new disease, but as long as mankind exists. Urinary stones were already found in Egyptian mummies and written traditions from the 3rd millennium BC confirm that also Occurrence of bladder and kidney stones at the time. But only in modern times that suffering became a disease of civilization, as a result of our affluent society.
Urinary stones are formed namely from mineral salts, if the content in the urine is too high. A fat – and protein-rich diet with high meat and sausage consumption also promotes the formation of stone like salty food, small amounts of drinking and lack of exercise. These factors led to a huge health problem, because today about seven million of the German population suffering kidney stones and rising. Medical technology recognized this trend early on and revolutionized the treatment standards in the 1980s with extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). This produced shock waves shatter the stone in spontaneous departure enabled fragments. This method can be considered a milestone in the treatment of kidney stones, she however not always worked perfectly in practice, so that stone pieces remain and cause problems can. Another kind of treatment represents the flexible Ureterorenoskopie system, with the chances of a residue-free removal of the stone still continue to rise. Especially in patients with stones in the renal calyces, the flexible endoscopes have proven themselves.
A major disadvantage of this method of therapy but has been time-consuming and costly sterilization of instruments used. This should gas be sterilized namely, achieving an adequate sterility. And because gas sterilizers nowadays hardly used in clinics, the operation must be carried externally, resulting in delays. Yet every time a sterile endoscope is available, hospitals in this case are instructed several endoscopes to acquire. This results in high investment costs, which many hospitals waive the use of Ureterorenoskopie systems. Now, PolyScope another turning point in treating urinary stone was recently achieved with the flexible one time catheter system. The sterile endoscopes are at any time ready to use, because they require after a treatment of any extensive decontamination, but disposed of easily and with them possible pathogens. Thus, patients, doctors and hospitals benefit from the single time catheters secure and cost-efficient.