Kidney stones are a fairly common, and painful, ailment which usually requires medical intervention. This ailment involves small stones of calcium which can develop in the kidney or bladder and restrict the flow of urine out of the body. These stones can sometimes be passed, painfully, through the urethra and can sometimes be removed by a ureteroscopy performed by a urologist.
How Is It Used?
One of the ways that a urologist can use a ureteroscopy to treat kidney stones is to extract the stones with a tiny wire basket inserted into the urethra. Your doctor can also use laser fragmentation to break up larger stones to be extracted or passed easier. It is usually an outpatient procedure, meaning that you will not need to be checked into a hospital for most ureteroscopies.
Why Do You Need It?
Using fragmentation techniques on stones can be necessary to safely remove them when they get to be too large. This can help keep you from developing issues such as jaundice from having a backed-up urinary system. Doctors can also use shock wave lithotripsy to break up stones, but the use of lasers is considered safer and more effective.
Who Does It?
A certified urologist, or a doctor specializing in the kidney systems, is the best to perform a ureteroscopy. Finding one in your area, and covered by your insurance, can be relatively easy. You can even find reviews and recommendations from your family doctor or third-party websites. It is a good idea to check out the urologist’s website to see if he or she is keeping up with the latest technology and techniques.
Laser fragmentation is an outpatient procedure designed to help break up kidney stones in the bladder or urethra to help in an easier removal. This is an important procedure for those suffering from kidney stones to keep more deadly issues from developing. You can find qualified urologists through your family doctor, your insurance plan or the internet.