Porterville, CA: Across the nation, over half a million people suffer the pain and helplessness
that come with having kidney stones each year according to the National
Kidney Foundation. Fortunately for valley residents, a new procedure has
been developed by Gerhard Fuchs, M.D. and is performed at Sierra View
Dr. Fuchs and Virinder K. Bhadwaj, M.D. are both on the faculty of the
Keck School of Medicine, USC Institute of Urology and have extensive backgrounds
in Urology care. Both doctors are also associated with the Sierra View
Medical Center USC Keck Urology Clinic of which Dr. Bhadwaj is the Medical Director.
This original procedure was developed by Dr. Fuchs to quickly locate kidney
stones and thoroughly remove them with no hospital stay required for patients
who experience kidney issues.
Kidneys serve a vital role in the body by eliminating byproducts of metabolism
which come from food that is eaten or from processes during food digestion.
When kidneys allow for excess amounts of these same byproducts to collect,
they form kidney stones. The primary goal of doctors when treating kidney
stones is to control infection and relieve obstructions caused by the stones.
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 existing 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 general anesthesia,
Dr. Fuchs and Dr. Bhadwaj use images of the kidney 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.