Our Services

Lithotripsy

Contact: (0191) 213 7556 – Mr D Thomas Consultant Urologist

Newcastle Urology at the Freeman Hospital is the most experienced provider of lithotripsy treatment in the North East of England, a specialist technique that treats stones which have developed in the kidney and ureter (the tube that takes the urine from the kidney to the bladder).

An innovative and minimally invasive technique called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is used to treat the stones without the need for surgery. Instead, using either x-ray or an ultrasound scan to localise the stone, high energy shock waves are passed through the body to break the stones into tiny pieces which will pass through the body when you urinate.
This minimally invasive treatment means you can come into the unit, have your treatment and return home the same day, to enjoy a rapid and stress free recovery.

Whilst the majority of small kidney stones can be treated using lithotripsy, large stones are not suitable for this type of treatment and will require removal using other methods such as an operating telescope.

See Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy for more information on this form of treatment.

How to find us

The Lithotripsy Clinic is based at Freeman Hospital. To find us:

  • Come through the Main Entrance and follow the main corridor as far as you can go, passing the shop and hairdressers.
  • The Lithotripsy Unit is directly ahead of you at the end of this corridor.

Staff you are likely to meet

The clinical team in the Lithotripsy Unit include experienced specialist clinicians and nursing staff, who are supported by a team of healthcare professionals.

Please note that although your appointment is with a named consultant you may be seen by a member of their team.

Our consultant urologists who specialise in lithotripsy are Mr D Thomas, Mr T Hasan, Mr D Rix and Mr T Dorkin

Useful website

NHS Choices – Kidney Stones