Urinary lithiasis

Urinary lithiasis is one of the most frequent urologic pathologies. It is considered that between 8 and 10% of the population has urinary lithiasis without presenting any symptoms, but that it may become symptomatic.

It is estimated that approximately the 12% of men and 6% of women will have lithiasis throughout their lives.

The most frequent manifestation format is the ureteric colic, which is one of the most common urologic emergencies. It is a very painful pathology that in some cases requires hospital admission to be treated.

While there has been little progress in the medical treatment of this pathology, in recent years there has been a breakthrough in the surgical management of lithiasis, thanks to major technological advances.

Given the wide variety of imaging tests as well as therapeutic tools available today, it makes more sense than ever to create specialised units to manage the lithiasic pathology.

Our Unit has extensive experience handling lithiasis, and it is one of the benchmark centres for lithiasis management thanks to the availability of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) as well as other tools for lithiasis treatment.