Ureteroscopy for Kidney Stones

About Ureteroscopy

This procedure uses a small flexible scope that is inserted into the bladder and ureter. This procedure allows a urologist to look into the ureter to find a kidney stone. The urologist can then proceed to removing the kidney stone.

Who is Eligible for a Ureteroscopy?

Patients with kidney stones in the ureter that are too large to be passed, or cause bleeding are eligible for a more extensive treatment, such as a ureteroscopy.

 Prior to the Procedure:

The day before surgery:

  • You may eat and drink regularly
  • Do not eat or drink after midnight

The day of surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything on the day of surgery

What Does the Procedure Involve?

The patient will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area of the body. Next, the urologist will insert the ureteroscope into the urethra. The scope will fill the bladder with a sterile liquid that will stretch the bladder, allowing for a better view. When the urologist finds the stone, they will use a tiny wire basket to grab and remove it from the ureter. The procedure usually lasts 15-30 minutes.

After the Procedure

  • Depending on the procedure, you may need a catheter to drain urine
  • You may be prescribed pain medication or antibiotics
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat foods that are high in fiber
  • Urination may burn or be painful
  • Urine may have blood, if the blood is excessive notify the nurse or surgeon
  • No heavy lifting for 6 weeks


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