Ureteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure (no incision is made and it is usually performed as an outpatient procedure) that utilizes a small scope that is passed into the urinary tract to locate and remove stones (renoscopy refers to passing the scope into the kidney). Both ureteral and renal (kidney) stones can be treated with this procedure.
Breaking Up The Kidney Stone
Utilizing the tiny scope (which is like a small telescope), your physician can visualize the stone and use a special laser to break up the stone into tiny pieces that can be easily passed through the urinary system. This is sometimes referred to as “stone dusting” or breaking the stone into minute fragments that resemble grains of sand. Special laser and training are required to perform stone dusting.
Sometimes, the surgeon will use a tiny wire "basket" that is passed via the scope through the bladder and into the ureter and/or kidney to grab and clear any remaining stone fragments.
Because Dr. Davalos and the urologic surgeons at Chesapeake Urology are highly skilled in stone dusting and removing ureteral and kidney stones, ureteroscopy is appropriate for nearly all stones; however, larger stones may require repeat procedures to completely clear the stone from the body.
Whenever possible, Dr. Davalos will collect the passed or surgically removed kidney stones to have them analyzed in a lab to determine the type of stones your body has made. This analysis will aid your physician in developing a personalized metabolic evaluation, treatment and prevention plan for the future.
When surgical expertise is required to care for large, complex kidney stones, Dr. Julio Davalos is a national leader in performing PCNL and Tubeless PCNL.
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