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In order to do this, doctors must first detect and locate the kidney stones based on each patient's case. Although there are a variety of ways to detect and remove stones, many of these exist- ing methods can be painful for patients and even require hospital recovery time. Rather than using traditional invasive procedures to locate and remove stones, Dr. Fuchs has developed a procedure that involves locating kidney stones by using imaging technology. Though the procedure involves putting the patient under gen- eral anesthesia, Dr. Fuchs and Dr. Bhadwaj use images of the kid- ney and laser treatment to locate and remove stones quickly and efficiently with no hospital stay required. Patients go home the very same day. This new procedure also allows for a small laser incision to be made in the membrane around the papilla. This region of the kidney, where stones are thought to originate, is typically difficult to reach. However, with laser and imaging technology, Dr. Fuchs and Dr. Bhadwaj are able to thoroughly locate and extract stones from this challenging region of the kidney. This groundbreaking procedure has over ten successful cases to date with good outcomes and is only being performed at Sierra View Medical Center. The prevalence of kidney stones in the United States increased from 3.8% in the late 1970s to 8.8% in the late 2000s. This in- crease was seen in both men and women, and in whites and blacks. The lifetime risk of kidney stones is about 19% in men and 9% in women. In men, the first episode is most likely to oc- cur after age 30, but it can occur earlier. Other diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity may increase the risk for kidney stones. – Kent Sorrells, PhD. is Chairman of the Sierra View Local Health Care District Board of Directors. MINERAL KING PUBLISHING INC | FSGNEWS.COM | 23 HealtHy living

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