Ureteroscopy

Used to diagnose and treat a variety of problems in the urinary tract.

This minimally-invasive procedure uses a thin, semi-rigid telescope (ureteroscope).

What is a Ureteroscopy?

A ureteroscopy is a procedure which involves inserting a small thin scope (semi-rigid telescope) into the bladder and ureter to view, diagnose and treat a variety of problems in the urinary tract. If someone has been diagnosed with kidney or ureteral stones (a stone in the ureter), it allows the urologist to actually look into the area, find these stones and break them up, making them easier to pass or remove.

Most stones form in the kidney. They then travel down your body's ureter (drain tube), into the bladder and out of the body. Sometimes, these stones grow too big and get lodged in the ureter. If this happens, it can be painful and stop you from passing urine.

Need to know

  • What happens during a ureteroscopy? icon plus

    Your consultant will put a ureteroscope (a semi-rigid telescope) into your bladder and through your urethra (water pipe). 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. The entire procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. You won't be able to eat food in the six hours leading up to your surgery, but you will be able to drink clear, still water for up to three hours before. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After your procedure 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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