CHH Urology Adds New Lithotripsy Machine

chh-mobile-lithotripsy(Torrington, CT)  Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s (CHH) Adult & Pediatric Urology is now utilizing a new lithotripsy machine to perform state-of-the-art treatment for patients in need of the treatment and removal of kidney stones. The main advantage of this highly effective, non-invasive procedure is that patients may be treated for kidney stones without surgery. As a result, complications, hospital stays, costs and recovery time are reduced.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is a technique for treating stones in the kidney using high energy shock waves that are passed through the body and used to break stones into pieces as small as grains of sand. Because of their small size, these pieces can pass from the body along with the urine.

The CHH in-house Lithotripsy machine has the simultaneous dual-imaging capabilities of fluoroscopy and ultrasound which create images of all stones regardless of chemical composition or location. Performed by highly trained technologists, the machine allows for real-time monitoring of stones, thereby reducing treatment time, eliminating radiation exposure, and decreasing treatment, operating room and post-anesthesia time. In addition, its adaptable focal size ensures only the stone is being treated to provide a less painful procedure, and patients only need conscious sedation vs. general anesthesia.

“As my mother said frequently, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The new generation Lithotripter is able to treat patients with a higher success rate. In many cases stones in the kidney may be free of symptoms but at any time can fall into the ureter lining causing severe pain. If we convert a single stone into a collection of sand that can pass uneventfully hopefully we can prevent the pain associated with the passing of those stones.” Said James Devanney, MD, of CHH Adult and Pediatric Urology at CHH.

James Devanney, MD, Johnny A Chang, MD, George D. Easter, PA., and the staff of CHH Adult and Pediatric Urology are located in the Medical Office building on the hospital campus at 530 Litchfield Street. The practice is part of the CHH Multi-specialty and offers comprehensive services to treat diseases and conditions affecting the urinary system. The Urologists use the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, including non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment for quicker recoveries.

For information and appointments, contact 860-496-8990.

The CHH Multi-Specialty Group is a local network of outpatient physician practices and services owned and managed by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital that consist of over 60 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These outpatient hospital departments coordinate care among a multitude of specialties that include CHH Adult & Pediatric Urology, CHH Cardiovascular Medicine, CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology, CHH Ear, Nose & Throat, CHH Joint Replacement & Orthopedics, CHH Neurology, CHH Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, CHH Primary Care of Torrington and Thomaston, CHH Pulmonary & Critical Care, CHH Surgical Associates, CHH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and CHH Medical Walk-In.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.

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