Stone Disease 2008 Edition
Over the past three decades tremendous changes have occurred in the management of urolithiasis. In the developed world, extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy and endoscopic techniques have almost completely replaced open surgery as the treatment method for patients with surgical stone problems. Advances continue to occur with the ongoing improvement in endoscopic techniques and technology.
Digital fiber-optic endoscopes, the advent of the holmium laser, and improvement in ancillary devices such as nitinol baskets, access sheaths, and novel guidewires are but some examples of improvements that have occurred as a result of the march in surgical technology.
The goal of the Second International Consultation on stone disease was to bring together global leaders in urolithiasis each of whom, were tasked to examine in detail different aspects of stone disease. This included a wide range of areas from epidemiology and economics, lithotripsy technology, methods of management for ureteral and renal stones, to the latest state-of-the-art in diagnosis and medical strategies for urolithiasis.
Similar to the first international consultation, this endeavour has taken a global perspective to stone disease achieved by populating the various committees with experts from throughout the world.
This volume reflects the current state-of-the-art for urinary stones and proves a useful reference for urologists involved in assessing and managing patients with urinary stone disease.
John Denstedt, Saad Khoury
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