Holland Hospital is First to Offer Olympus SOLTIVE™ SuperPulsed Laser System for Treating Kidney Stones along the Lakeshore

Olympus SOLTIVE SuperPulsed Laser System for Treating Kidney Stones

All-in-one platform delivers breakthrough laser technology for more effective treatment and patient care

Holland Hospital is the first hospital along the lakeshore to offer the Olympus Soltive™ SuperPulsed Laser System. Soltive is a new laser technology that enables physicians to deliver quicker and more efficient stone removal. This improved laser technology will allow Holland Hospital surgeons to more effectively treat patients requiring lithotripsy and soft tissue or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) treatment.

Over the past 30 years, the US has seen an upward trend in the prevalence of kidney stones, a crystalized particle formed when chemicals in urine concentrate. According to the National Kidney Foundation, each year more than half a million Americans go to the emergency room for kidney stone problems, and it is estimated that one in ten people will have a kidney stone at some point in their life.

“Treating kidney stones is a common occurrence in our office,” said John Ludlow, MD, urologist with Western Michigan Urological Associates. “Not only does this advanced laser technology allow us to treat patients more effectively but it may result in shorter procedure times and less patient discomfort.”

The Soltive SuperPulsed Thulium Fiber Laser System is an all-in-one platform for lithotripsy, soft tissue and BPH. Designed to have a small footprint, the platform is an eighth of the size of similar laser systems and runs on standard 110 v. By comparison, commonly used high-powered laser systems consume more energy, require higher voltage outlets and can weigh over 400 lbs.

“This advancement in laser technology will allow us to deliver faster and more efficient care to our patients while also increasing our operational efficiency in the OR,” said Lori Krcatovich, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, laser safety officer with Holland Hospital Surgical Services. “We could not be more excited about being able to offer the latest laser technology to our patients,” she added.

The portable Soltive Laser System is the first major breakthrough in laser technology in two decades. Soltive combines lower energy levels and higher frequencies providing increased capabilities in eliminating kidney stones in less than half the time. 

By adding the new Olympus Soltive SuperPulsed Laser System, Holland Hospital reaffirms its commitment to providing exceptional care and improved outcomes for its patients.

For more information about Holland Hospital’s newest surgical capabilities, visit hollandhopsital.org/surgicalservices

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