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What is Flexible laser ureterolithotripsy?

22:11 - 27 April , 2021

Medical procedure



It is a surgical procedure designed to remove large stones in the urinary tract, particularly in the ureter. It is carried out with the support of a flexible ureteroscope, that is, a probe with a tiny camera, coupled with the use of a laser that will allow the stone to be destroyed.

Before the procedure:

  • Respect the recommended fast.
  • Do not forget to say if you are taking any medication, especially anticoagulants.

After the procedure:

This procedure uses general anesthesia and usually lasts for a couple of hours. As it is a less invasive surgery than others with more conventional techniques, it is most likely that you will stay one night in the hospital and be able to return home the next day. 

You may experience nausea, painful urination, and even slight bleeding for a few days. Soon, these discomforts will pass, but remember that, if necessary, your ABC doctor will prescribe a painkiller or anti-inflammatory, as required.

Potential risks:

  • Bleeding.
  • Urinary infections.
  • Painful urination.
  • Sore throat and breathing difficulties caused by anesthesia.

In our High Specialty Surgery Center, we perform more than 7,000 cutting-edge surgical procedures each year with state-of-the-art technology. Our mission is to provide you with general and highly specialized medical-surgical services with the highest standards of quality and safety comparable with international centers of excellence through a multidisciplinary team that uses evidence-based clinical protocols that guarantee the best assistance and care of your health.

ABC Medical Center has always been known for practicing cutting-edge medicine. Our commitment to innovate keeps us as leaders in the practice of this discipline.

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