Ureteroscopy with Holmium Laser Lithotripsy of Kidney Stone
A ureteroscopy with holmium laser lithotripsy is a procedure in which the doctor will use a scope and a powerful laser to break apart large kidney stones that cannot be passed naturally, treated with shockwave lithotripsy, or medication.
Condition it treats:
What happens during the procedure:
Using a scope and a powerful laser, the urologist will pass through your urethra, bladder, and ureter to reach the kidney stone and break it apart with the laser. This minimally invasive operation is performed when the patient is under general anesthesia.
- Surgical time is approximately one hour
- No incisions are made
What to expect post-procedure:
- Outpatient procedure
- Patient can return to work in two days
- Medications include: narcotic pain medication as needed, antibiotic, medication to help pass stone fragments, medication to help relieve stent discomfort if needed
- Clinic procedure needed to remove stent
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