February 3, 2016

A Noninvasive Treatment for Kidney Stones Now Offered at Nashoba Valley Medical Center

For patients suffering from kidney stones, Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) now offers lithotripsy, a nonsurgical treatment that uses high-energy shock waves to break kidney stones into tiny pieces. These pieces are then easily passed with urine.

“Kidney stones are deceiving as they may be small in size but oftentimes cause excruciating pain when passed through the body and about 10 percent of people will develop a kidney stone at some point in their lives,” said Stefan Karos, MD, a urologist at NVMC. “We are pleased to offer this new treatment, which uses the latest technology available, to our patients dealing with this painful kidney disorder.”

Depending on the size and location of the kidney stone will determine what type of treatment option is best for a patient. Dr. Karos works alongside highly skilled technologists to perform lithotripsy on patients who are candidates to have the procedure.

“There are many benefits to patients who have lithotripsy,” explains Dr. Karos “These include lower complication rates, greater success rates in breaking up the kidney stone; reduced procedure time and a shorter recovery period.”

To learn more about Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s urology services or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karos, call 978-784-9972.

About Nashoba Valley Medical Center

Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) offers community-based primary care and specialty services. NVMC was a recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval and was named to The Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals in 2014. Areas of clinical strength include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy and general surgery. NVMC also offers a comprehensive Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Travel Clinic and Occupational Health Services. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 10 acute care hospital campuses, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. Additional information is available at

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