Laser for urinary stones
Laser lithotripsy is a surgical technique that consists of the destruction and elimination of calculi or stones in the kidney or in the urinary tract (renal pelvis, ureter and bladder). When a stone gets “stuck” in the urinary tract, urine accumulates and the kidney dilates, causing the patient to suffer from severe discomfort. Stones are sometimes expelled spontaneously, but in other cases natural expulsion doesn’t happen and some type of procedure is necessary. The holmium laser provides a very effective treatment of urinary stones so that the surgery pinpoints the exact problem in the simplest way.
- Using loco-regional or general anaesthesia, the ureter is accessed endoscopically.
- The very fine instruments have a camera and a laser fibre. Upon reaching the stone with the laser, it is destroyed or pulverised.
- An internal drainage catheter is left in place, which is removed after a week as part of an outpatient procedure.
- The patient must rest the entire day of the procedure.
- They’ll be able to return to normal activities the day after the procedure.
- The patient must drink abundant amounts of fluids the week after the procedure.
Why should this technique be performed?
- Great effectiveness in breaking any stone.
- Maximum surgical control during treatment.
- We unblock the kidney, causing the patient to stop suffering from renal cramps and pain.