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Ureteroscopy

Kidney Stones

 

For Patients

If you suspect you have stones, visit your primary care provider or urologist.

If you've been diagnosed with stones and would like to be seen in the Metabolic Stone Clinic, please call (608) 263-4757.

UW Health neurologists use ureteroscopy to remove kidney stones.
 
Overview
 
The URS may be done if the kidney stone is too large for ESWL or has become lodged in the ureter. The URS is considered for individuals who have previously had ESWL but whose stones were not completely removed.
 
With this technique, the urologist passes a telescope through the urethra to the bladder. The scope is then directed up the ureter. If a stone is too big to be retrieved on its own, a small fiber (either laser, ultrasonic or electrohydraulic) is passed through the telescope to break it up into tiny particles. The urologist can then either retrieve the fragments or, if they are small enough, let them pass on their own after the procedure is completed.
 
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