What is ureteroscopy for ureteral stones?

Ureteroscopy is a procedure in which a small scope (like a thin flexible telescope) is inserted into the bladder and ureter (tube that goes from a kidney to the bladder) to diagnose and treat a variety of problems in the urinary tract. For ureteral stones, it allows the urologist to actually look into the ureter, find the stone and remove it. The surgeon passes a tiny wire basket into the lower ureter via the bladder, grabs the stone and pulls the stone free. This is an outpatient procedure that does not require an overnight hospital stay.

Depending on the skill and experience of the urologist, ureteroscopy can be used for virtually any size stone.
A ureteroscopy is an endoscopic treatment for kidney stones, says Jayram Krishnan, DO, a urologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he describes how a ureteroscopy is performed. 

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