Advanced Laser Equipment for Urology SurgeryThe buildup of multiple stones in the urinary tract can result in obstruction of the ducts and the kidneys,causing the loss of a kidney and renal failure. The main symptoms of kidney stones are unbearable painin the abdominal region, bleeding and recurrent urinary tract infections.Kidney stones in the urinary tract may be treated by different methods:1) Ultrasound equipment used externally that emits sound waves to break up the stones (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy). This is a non-invasive procedure with a good success rate.2) In cases where the stones in the urinary tract do not respond to external pulverization, surgical intervention and internal shattering of the stones is required. This is performed with laser equipment in an endoscopic procedure (ureteroscopy).The procedure is carried out with laser equipment that is inserted via a tube into the bladder. It identifiesthe ureter where the stones are located and shatters the stones in a very pinpointed manner, offeringmaximum surgical precision and causingminimal complications to the patient. Some250 operations using the endoscopic methodare carried out at Soroka Medical Centerannually in its operating rooms, under generalanesthesia.The equipment currently in use was purchasedby Soroka more than 12 years ago and itstechnology is rather antiquated. Moreover,replacement parts are no longer available.Procuring new advanced equipment forshattering urinary tract stones is therefore bothimperative and urgent.Without new equipment at Soroka, patients will be forced to undergo the procedure far from their homes,traveling great distances to other hospitals.Donation and Donor RecognitionCost of advanced laser equipment for urology surgery: US $135,000.We appreciate your consideration of this gift. Appropriate donor recognition will be provided. Thank you
Soroka Medical CenterSoroka Medical Center is among Israel’s largest and most advanced hospitals, and the country’s mostactive. Soroka is the only major medical center in the entire Negev, serving a population of 1,000,000inhabitants, including 400,000 children, in a region that accounts for 60% of the country’s total land area.Soroka serves as the teaching hospital of the Ben-Gurion University Medical School, whose Faculty ofHealth Sciences is located on the hospital campus.On par with leading international institutions, Soroka is a recognized specialist in areas including earlydetection and treatment of breast cancer using minimally invasive procedures; revolutionary treatment ofmyocardial infarction involving genetic engineering; non-invasive removal of malignant tumors; leadingresearch in the development of skin cell transplants; trauma rehabilitation of children and adolescents;pediatric infectious diseases; and much more.Each year, Soroka cares for more than 190,000 emergency cases, 80,000 hospitalizations fill its 1,000beds, over 32,000 surgical procedures are performed, and more than 13,000 babies are born. Its neonataland pediatric departments provide family-centered intensive care with world-class survival rates.Soroka’s Trauma Unit is the largest and busiest in Israel, always on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.Soroka serves as the regional trauma center for victims of terror and for all Israel Defense Force bases inand near the Negev. This need is constant and increasing, in light of the IDF moving additional trainingbases and more than 25,000 additional officers and soldiers to the Negev and the ongoing security alertin areas bordering Gaza, which have become a front line under constant threat and regular attack. Morethan 3,000 trauma patients are admitted to Soroka annually.Soroka’s physicians travel in mobile units to care for patients in remote clinics as part of Soroka’scommunity outreach programs. Soroka educates the Negev’s diverse population in preventive careand public health. Soroka is also the largest employer in the Negev, with more than 4,000 employees,including more than 800 new immigrants on staff at all levels of responsibility.Soroka Medical Center stands at the forefront of medical progress, and is currently undergoing a periodof expanded development, upgrading and enhancing research capabilities and the healthcare it provides.Soroka’s staff is dedicated to providing the best medical and emergency care, while treating the patientas a whole human being.Soroka Medical Center combines medical excellence, dedication, and the achievements of pioneeringIsrael, with significant opportunities to partner in meeting very immediate needs and having a very realimpact on the lives of families and children.