URETEROSCOPY FOR STONE DISEASE
If you have displayed symptoms of kidney stones, Dr Singh may recommend a Ureteroscopy. A Ureteroscopy is an outpatient procedure in which the upper urinary tract is examined with an instrument known as a ureteroscope. The ureteroscope is a tube with a light and camera attached. A Ureteroscopy is used to assess and treat the underlying causes of kidney blockages or blood in the urine.
Dr Singh will insert the ureteroscope through the urethra and bladder and into the ureter. Because he is able to view the inside of the body, Dr Singh will confirm the diagnosis of kidney stones or other issues during this procedure. In some cases, Dr Singh will perform lithotripsy and stone fragment retrieval procedures.
A Ureteroscopy is done under general anaesthesia. During the surgery, Dr Singh will use a ureteroscope, a long thin tube with an eyepiece on one end and a tiny camera with a light on the other end. There are two ways to perform a Ureteroscopy:
- When kidney stones are small, Dr Singh will insert a scope inside the ureter to remove the stone or stones. The scope will have a small basket at the end of a wire that runs through an extra channel in the ureteroscope. The basket is used to collect the stone or stones.
- In cases where kidney stones are large, Dr Singh will then extend a flexible fibre through the scope up to the stones. He will then take a laser beam and shine it through the scope to break the stones into pieces small enough to pass out of the body with urine.
Depending on the size, location, and makeup of the kidney stone, Dr Singh will recommend which ureteroscopy treatment option is best suited for you.
After surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room for monitoring. You may experience some pain when you urinate a see a little blood in your urine. With time and hydration, however, this will pass. Due to the usage of instruments, you will receive antibiotics for 4-5 days to prevent a urinary tract infection from occurring.