Experience in Israel with the Direx Tripter X-1

  • Pinhas M. Livne
  • Dan Simon
  • Ciro Servadio

Abstract

The Direx Tripter X-1 is a second-generation extracorporeal shock wave lithotripter that uses air underwater spark discharge as its energy source to achieve lithotripsy. Experience with 541 patients (712 treatments) revealed a fragmentation rate of 99%. Stone location was variable and 26% had either stones larger than 2 cm or multiple stones (including staghorn stones).

Follow-up at three months revealed a stone-free rate of 75%; small fragments (≤ 4 mm) were found in 17% of patients, and 8% of patients had larger fragments (> 4 mm). The retreatment rate was 24%, and 7% required auxiliary procedures following lithotripsy. This system was found to be efficient and not difficult to operate with a short learning curve.

Keywords

Shock Wave Shock Wave Lithotripsy Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Ureteral Stone Shock Wave Generator 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pinhas M. Livne
    • 1
  • Dan Simon
    • 1
  • Ciro Servadio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyBeilinson Medical CenterPetah TiqvaIsrael

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