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Ureteroscopic Stone Removal Technique




By james davidson

Kidney stones are one of the common ailments found theses days. It is a highly problematic ailment that tends to disturb the living style of an individual. Kidneys are vital organs of the body that help in filtration of blood and formation of urine. A normal person's urine contains chemicals that prevent the crystals from forming.

Kidney stone is a hard mass developed from crystals that separate from the urine and build up on the inner surfaces of the kidney. If the crystals remain tiny enough, they will travel through the urinary tract and pass out of the body in the urine without being noticed otherwise it may block the tract that can be very painful and highly problematic.

Various kinds of tips are undertaken to cope up with the pain and the problem. Among the treatment a type of treatment that is adopted by the doctors in severer cases is called Ureteroscopic treatment. This technique or method is used remove the stones that are lodged in a ureter and is usually performed outside the operation theater and is done under general anesthesia. No incision is made in this procedure. The surgeon passes a small Ureteroscope through the bladder into the ureter to snare the stone. Sometimes, the stones are shattered by using ultrasound, laser or electro hydraulic lithotripsy.

After passing a small fiberoptic instrument called Ureteroscope through the urethra and bladder into the ureter; the surgeon then locates the stone and either removes it with a cage-like device or shatters it with a special instrument that produces a form of shock wave. A small tube or stent may be left in the ureter for a few days to help the lining of the ureter heal. Before fiber optics made ureteroscopy possible, physicians used a similar "blind basket" extraction method. But this outdated technique should not be used because it may damage the ureter.

This technique is mostly used for the stones found in the lower part of the urinary tract. A basket-like device may be passed through the tube to grasp and withdraw the stone. This technique is remarked as less painful method.
 
 
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