Laser Lithotripsy

Unplanned encounters common after ureteroscopy

February 16, 2018

Findings of a retrospective study confirm that unplanned encounters are common after ureteroscopy.

Quality of stone care: We can do better

February 16, 2018

A recent study "revealed that inadequate pain control, presence of a ureteral stent, and a first-time stone treatment were the most common reasons for unplanned utilization of health care services [following ureteroscopy]," writes Brian R. Matlaga, MD, MPH.

URS techniques: When to choose dusting vs. basketing

February 01, 2018

When treating kidney stones, debate continues over the use of dusting versus basketing. In this interview, Olivier Traxer, MD, describes both methods, lists his preferred laser settings, and explains why he changed the way he uses ureteral access sheaths.

Single-use ureteroscope shows efficacy for routine URS

October 01, 2017

A new single-use digital flexible ureteroscope (LithoVue) compares favorably in performance to reusable scopes, at least for routine urteroscopy, with a possible advantage of being more economical.

Ureteroscopy: Surgeons show techniques, tips in videos

February 16, 2017

In these videos, high-volume stone surgeons demonstrate novel approaches to classification, visualization, and treatment of stones.

Dusting vs. basketing: Which method is better?

May 07, 2016

Researchers from the Endourology Disease Group for Excellence research consortium compared the techniques in 152 patients at several stone centers.

Ureteroscopy vs. shock wave lithotripsy: Advances spell positive future for both

October 03, 2013

In this interview, Brian R. Matlaga, MD, MPH, discusses factors to consider in the decision to utilize ureteroscopy versus shock wave lithotripsy, how to counsel patients on the optimal approach, how to minimize the morbidity of each modality, and why younger urologists are more likely to perform ureteroscopy.