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Byline: KIRK SHINKLE
More and more frequently, patients are avoiding the surgeon's knife.
New technologies help cure everything from kidney stones to tennis elbow while cutting down on the pain, scars and recovery times that come with operations.
HealthTronics Surgical Services Inc. supplies some of those technologies. The firm specializes in lithotripters, the machines urologists use to help break up kidney stones.
But a recent acquisition and the prospects of new uses for its technology might drive future growth.
The firm's machine, called LithoTron, sends shockwaves through the body to help break kidney stones into sandlike pieces small enough for patients to pass through the usual channels. The process takes half an hour. The firm …