The Malta Independent 5 March 2024, Tuesday
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New Mater Dei machinery can treat kidney stones without need for surgery or anaesthesia

Monday, 4 December 2023, 13:06 Last update: about 4 months ago

A new type of machine through which medical personnel will be able to treat patients suffering from an episode of kidney stones without the need for surgery or anaesthetic has been unveiled at the Urology Department within Mater Dei Hospital.

During this unveiling, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne spoke about the eased experience that this machinery will provide to patients struggling with kidney stones through its much less invasive approach. In this regard, Minister Fearne highlighted how this should make the patients’ experience much easier. According to the Minister, this technology will not require patients to spend full days or weeks in recovery following the intervention.

Specialists within Mater Dei’s Urology Department praised how this machinery eliminates the need for patients to be sedated with opioids since some patients cannot take these substances for personal medical reasons. They also said that this should allow doctors to work with more precision while providing them with more options to treat the needs of their individual patients.

The Deputy Prime Minister praised the continuous investments into modern machinery at Mater Dei Hospital as well as the Department of Urology for its commitment to continue their training while ensuring that their patients are given the most effective care with the least suffering. This machine was purchased using European funds.

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