Laser Treatment Of Stones
Miniaturized PCNL (percutaneous nephrolithotomy) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove kidney stones. The procedure involves creating a small incision in the back and inserting a miniature endoscope and other specialized instruments to remove the stone.
Compared to traditional PCNL, miniaturized PCNL uses smaller instruments, typically 11-20 French in diameter, which allows for a smaller incision and potentially reduces the risk of complications such as bleeding and scarring. The smaller instruments are also more maneuverable, allowing for greater precision during the procedure.
RIRS stands for Retrograde Intrarenal Surgery, which is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat kidney stones. During RIRS, a thin, flexible ureteroscope is inserted through the urethra and bladder, then advanced through the ureter and into the kidney to visualize the stone.
The surgeon then uses a laser or other tool to break up the stone into small fragments, which can then be extracted using a small basket or suction device. Because RIRS is performed entirely through the urinary tract, it does not require any incisions and typically has a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open surgery.