Every year, more than a half-million people in the United States go to the emergency room for kidney stones. The common condition leads to hundreds of thousands of surgeries each year.
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Patient Dave Skelton received a donor kidney this week, transplanted by surgeon Stephen Rayhill.
UW Medicine is undertaking a 15-patient trial of a specialized ultrasound device to move, not obliterate, kidney stones. The device is being developed by the UW's Applied Physics Laboratory.