In the era of flexible ureteroscopy, urologists have embraced expanded minimally invasive options for managing and collecting symptomatic renal stones when noninvasive treatments such as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) are ineffective.
Findings of a retrospective study confirm that unplanned encounters are common after ureteroscopy.
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.
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.
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.
In these videos, high-volume stone surgeons demonstrate novel approaches to classification, visualization, and treatment of stones.
Researchers from the Endourology Disease Group for Excellence research consortium compared the techniques in 152 patients at several stone centers.
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.