Uteroscopy and laser of urinary stones
What is a Uteroscopy?
Ureteroscopy is minimally-invasive, stone surgery that the surgeon passes a small lighted tube (ureteroscope), through the urethra and bladder into the ureter or up to the kidney depending of the location of the stone . If the stone is small, it may be removed with a basket device . If the stone is large the stone will need to be fragmented in small fragments, which is usually accomplished with a laser fibre. Once the stone is broken into tiny pieces, these pieces are usually removed from the ureter. In most cases, to ensure that the kidney drains urine well after surgery, a ureteral stent is left in place and is removed few days later.
The patient will require an overnight hospital stay if the procedure proves lengthy or difficult otherwise can go home the same day.