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Ureteroscopic Kidney Stone Removal at Drexel Nephrology

Removing a kidney stone with an ureteroscope.

Patients with kidney stones in the middle or lower ureter may require ureteroscopy to remove them. Ureters are the tubes that go from the kidney to the bladder, where urine is stored before it is passed out of the body.

The ureteroscope is a long thin tube with a light and magnifying glass on the end. During this procedure, the ureteroscope is passed by the physician through the urethra and bladder to the ureter. The Drexel nephrologist will locate the stone(s) and will put tiny forceps through the ureteroscope to grab small stones. Larger stones are shattered using a machine that produces sound waves. The tiny pieces of stone will be passed in the patient's urine in the following days. To help urine flow through the ureter, the patient may be fitted with a stent (small tube) for a few days.

Kidney Stones and their Symptoms

The main symptom of kidney stones is severe pain that starts suddenly and may go away suddenly. This pain is felt in the belly area or side of the back and it may move to the groin area.

Symptoms for kidney stones may include:

  • Pain
  • Abnormal urine color
  • Blood in the urine
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Because the symptoms of kidney stones are very similar to those of other urinary problems, the doctor confirms kidney stones with blood and urine tests. The doctor may also order a CT scan, which shows the kidneys, ureters, and also the stone.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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