Ureteroscopy for Kidney Stones

Ureteroscopy

About Ureteroscopy:
This procedure used 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 an 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 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