Kidney stone removal

This procedure uses a pencil-thin, flexible telescope (ureterorenoscope) to find and break up kidney stones


Most stones develop in the kidneys. They then travel down your body's ureter (urine drainage tube) and into the bladder, before exiting your body. If kidney stones grow too big, they can get stuck in the ureter, which can be painful and stop you from urinating. If this happens, we can carry out a ureterorenoscopy.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    We use a flexible, pencil-thin telescope called a ureterorenoscope to find these stones and break them up, making them easier to pass naturally or remove. Your consultant will put a ureterorenoscope up your ureter and into the kidney. Using a monitor, they'll look into the scope to find the stones. Once they've done this, they'll direct a laser at the stones to break them up into smaller pieces. This will make them easier to remove or pass. The entire procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the ureterorenoscopy to you and answer any questions you might have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You should drink plenty of fluids for the first 24 to 48 hours after your test to help reduce the risk of urine infection. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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