Ureteral stone extraction is a safe and effective method for removing urinary stones. Alternatives including extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, or percutaneous stone extraction.
This method includes looking into the bladdder with a camera and then up to the ureter the tube between the bladder and then kidney.
A holmium laser or other energy source is used to fragment the stone. Then a small basket is used to remove the pieces. The stone is sent for chemical analysis to figure out why the stone was formed and what dietary changes may prevent stones from forming.
Blood and urine tests can also be done to determine risk factors for making stones.
Most patients have this procedure as ambulatory surgery: they come in the morning of the procedure and go home the same day. A stent is left between the kidney and the bladder which is subsequently removed in the office