Ureteroscopy utilizes a small scope to provide visibility to the ureter and remove stones that are close to the bladder. The stone can be removed with a small basket or fragmented with a laser or shockwaves.
With a ureteroscopy, stones located at any position in the ureter and kidney can be treated. It’s most commonly used for stones in the ureter, especially the lower half closest to the bladder.
Patients who are pregnant, taking blood thinners, or have other health concerns may not be able to have other procedures for kidney stones. Ureteroscopy is a good option for these patients.
The procedure is the most common for lower ureter stones.
Ureteroscopy provides a very clear picture of your kidneys and ureters.
You’ll be able to go home as soon as one hour after a ureteroscopy. First, the ureteroscopy is removed, the liquid in your bladder is emptied, and any anesthesia used for the procedure wears off. It is helpful to drink about 16 oz. of water in the hours following the procedure.
You might experience minimal discomfort in the next day, but after that, no further discomfort is expected.