the doctor passes a thin viewing instrument (ureteroscope) through your urethra
and bladder into your ureter. The doctor moves the scope through your ureter
until it reaches the location of the kidney stone. No cuts are made in the
Your doctor can take out the kidney stone using a small
"basket" that comes out of the end of the ureteroscope. Small stones can be
removed all in one piece. Larger stones may need to be broken up before the
doctor can remove them.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerTushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
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