Ureteroscopy is a procedure done to find and sometimes treat problems in the urinary tract. A thin, flexible tube is inserted into your bladder and ureter for this procedure. Ureteroscopy is usually done when you have kidney stones in your ureter. It is also done for polyps, tumours or abnormal tissue somewhere in your urinary tract.
- Ureteroscopy is done under general anaesthesia and may last from 1 to 3 hours.
- The procedure is done under general anaesthesia.
- You will be instructed to urinate and empty your bladder before the procedure begins.
- Your urologist will insert an instrument called the ureteroscope into your ureter and bladder. This allows your doctor to look into your ureter, find the stones and remove them.
- For small stones, they may be snared with a tiny wire basket device and removed completely from the ureter.
- For large stones, or if the diameter of the ureter is narrow, stones are needed to be fragmented, which is usually accomplished with a laser.
- Once fragmented, these pieces of stones are removed.
- A temporary ureteral stent may be left inside the ureter to ensure that the kidney drains the ureter well.
- It allows to get a very clear view of the urinary tract
- Removes or break up stones completely
- It also enables to take out suspicious looking tissue
- It can treat stones located at any position in the ureter and kidney
- Allows treatment of stones that cannot be seen on an x-ray
- Injury to the ureter
- Discomfort while urinating afterwards
- Complete removal of large stones may not be possible
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