- Laser lithotripsy
Laser lithotripsy is a surgical procedure to remove a
kidney stone, ureteral stoneor bladder stone.
A urologist inserts a
cystoscopeor ureteroscopeinto the patient's urethra either directly or over a guide wire, and proceeds visually up the urinary tractto locate the target kidney or bladder stone. Once the stone is located, a thin fiberoptic is introduced into the working channel of the endoscope and advanced until it comes into contact with the stone. Light from a holmium laseris directed through the fiberoptic and the stone disintegrates or fragments. The smaller fragments can be removed with a basket tool or left to flush out with normal urinary function. This procedure is done under anestheticand is considered minimally invasive.
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