GPHC gets $25M laser lithotripter for kidney stone removal

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Urologists Dr. Ravi Purohit (third from left), Dr. Rajendra Sukhraj (second from right) with the Urology Team

For many years, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has utilised conventional surgery for the treatment and removal of kidney stones. Now, patients can look forward to accessing laser treatment with the procurement of a laser lithotripter worth a total of GYD $25,280,705.

Using laser lithotripsy offers a completely non-invasive approach, meaning no incision is required to treat patients with kidney stones who once required major surgery. This technique uses a high intensity laser beam to pulverize stones through an endoscope. Patients who are eligible for laser treatment not only benefit from a non-invasive procedure, but may have shorter recovery times and hospital stays, allowing them to resume their regular routines earlier. This service is free of cost and is being offered for the first time in the public healthcare sector.

Kidney stones affect 10% of the population during their lifetime and places a significant burden on the healthcare system. Almost 50% of the workload of the Urology Department is related to kidney stone disease. Using this modern laser technology, stone surgery is performed using a camera in the urinary tract. There is no cut or scar on the abdomen and the patient is discharged, in most cases, on the same day. Traditionally, with open surgery, people had a large scar on the abdomen, spent days in hospital and required 1-2 months of recuperation.

The Urology Department and the GPHC’s Administration consider the provision of this service as a significant advancement in the Corporation’s commitment to provide the people of Guyana with modern healthcare services comparable with the best in the world. Dr. Rajendra Sukhraj, Specialist Urological Surgeon conveyed profound gratitude to the hospital’s CEO, Mr. Robbie Rambarran, and his team, “for their confidence and commitment to providing healthcare that is second to none by taking the leap and bringing this technology to GPHC since it is long overdue”.

The GPHC’s Administration, in a statement, said it remains dedicated to continued investment in all resources, equipment, and staff that are required to provide modern care that is on par with international standards.