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How does ureteroscopy work to treat kidney stones?

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Ureteroscopy treats stones in the kidneys and ureters. Your doctor uses a thin, flexible scope to find and remove them. No cuts are made in your skin and you sleep through this procedure.

Your doctor will put the scope through your bladder and ureter into your kidney. She uses a small basket to remove small stones. If the stones are larger, the doctor will pass a laser through the scope to break them up. You're usually able to go home the same day.

The doctor might put a stent in your ureter to help urine drain from your kidney into your bladder. You'll go back to the doctor after 4-10 days to get the stent taken out.

Some stents have a string on the end so you can pull it out yourself. Be sure to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions about taking it out yourself.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lithotripsy."

Mayo Clinic: "Kidney stones treatments and drugs." "Percutaneous nephrolithotomy: What you can expect."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Treatment for Kidney Stones in Adults."

National Kidney Foundation: "Kidney Stone Treatment: Shock Wave Lithotripsy." "Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy/Nephrolithotripsy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Kidney Stones."

UC San Diego Health: "Ureteroscopy."

Urology Care Foundation: "How are kidney stones treated?" "What are Kidney Stones?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lithotripsy."

Mayo Clinic: "Kidney stones treatments and drugs." "Percutaneous nephrolithotomy: What you can expect."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Treatment for Kidney Stones in Adults."

National Kidney Foundation: "Kidney Stone Treatment: Shock Wave Lithotripsy." "Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy/Nephrolithotripsy."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Surgery for Kidney Stones."

UC San Diego Health: "Ureteroscopy."

Urology Care Foundation: "How are kidney stones treated?" "What are Kidney Stones?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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