URETEROSCOPY / LASER (KIDNEY STONES)
We offer end-luminal, laparoscopic and percutaneous stone surgical approaches. The size, number and location of the stones determines what type of surgery (if any) is required.
Ureteroscopy and laser stones is used to break up and remove stones lodged in the ureter and kidney. Sometimes a ureteric stent is inserted which is a tube which runs from the kidney to the bladder.
Percutaneous stone surgery (Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy PCNL) is a minimally invasive (keyhole) procedure to remove kidney stones via a small incision in the back. PCNL is mainly used for the management of large kidney stones.
Kidney stones are very common
Some can be treated in a single procedure but most require 2 or 3 stages
Most need a stent inserted to alleviate pain/infection/kidney failure as an emergency
The second stage involves a small telescope and laser passed via your bladder up to the kidney to laser/vaporize your stone. The stent is usually replaced at this time.
The stent is then removed usually a few days later by your surgeon or our practice nurse