The worst pain of your life is a fair assessment of how many people would describe passing a kidney stone. In fact, some say it is more painful than giving birth. Kidney stones often come on abruptly, without warning, and bring with them excruciating pain. It has been estimated that 15 percent of Americans can expect to pass at least one kidney stone in their lifetime and that figure is on the rise.
With the rate of kidney stones increasing worldwide, we too have seen a significant increase locally in the number of patients presenting with stones. Last year we saw over 300 cases. As healthcare needs shift and change, it is important for providers to continually make advancements so that we can provide a higher level of care, shorten procedure times, enhance quality and increase patient outcomes.
For more than 30 years, Boston Scientific has delivered proven medical devices, including solutions for urology, urgynecology and gynecologic surgery, to help healthcare providers improve the lives of millions of patient around the world. Portneuf Medical Center has partnered with Boston Scientific; by working together and, in part, because of our responsiveness and outcomes, PMC is now one of their premier locations, not only in the west, but in the world. This relationship helped us acquire one of the most powerful lasers in the world, opened up new procedural options and has positioned PMC to be the first site in the world to use their new stone retriever basket.
New technologies and innovation in urology continue to expand patient options. If you are experiencing urinary difficulties, incontinence, erectile dysfunction or any other urological problems, visit your doctor. We understand that discussing such issues can be a bit uncomfortable, but discussing them is important because certain urological issues might be a warning sign of other, more significant health concerns.
Portneuf Urology Clinic provides a full range of urological care including management of stone disease, incontinence, urinary infections, prostatic enlargement, cancers of the genitourinary system, impotence and infertility.
To reach our office or to schedule an appointment, call 208-239-2770.