Dr. Donald Sonn: Stone Disease

Dr. Donald Sonn is a urologist who practices at the Urology Group of Western New England in Springfield, Massachusetts, where Donald Sonn specializes in impotence, prostheses, and stone disease.

As he knows better than most, stone disease is a common condition that affects more than five percent of all adults in the United States. Nearly two million people visit their doctors or go to an emergency room every year seeking treatment for this painful condition, which is one of the most common non-cancerous disorders of the urinary tract. The number of people suffering with kidney stones has been rising almost every year.

Donald Sonn says that men are more likely to develop a kidney stone than are women, and white people are more likely to develop one than are African Americans, or those of other race or ethnic group. Obesity may be a factor in the chances of someone developing a kidney stone, but that is not known for certain.

There is nothing new about kidney stones. Researchers have found evidence of kidney stones in mummified Egyptian remains more than seven thousand years old. Dr. Donald Sonn says that they most often develop in people in mid-life, at a time when work and family commitments are at their highest.

In recent years, treatment for kidney stones has included minimally invasive surgery techniques that have been very effective. Dr. Donald Sonn, who has been trained in the da Vinci System and in GreenLight Laser, says that these newer technologies help physicians to manage kidney stones. Other treatment options include medications and diet.

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About Donald Sonn

Dr. Donald Sonn currently practices with Urology Group of Western New England. Specializing in impotence, prostheses and stone disease, the urologist also specializes in brachytherapy and surgical surgery. Sonn uses the Da Vinci Surgical System to remove prostate cancer.
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