World Journal of Urology

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 529–536 | Cite as

Single-use flexible ureteropyeloscopy: a systematic review

  • N. F. Davis
  • M. R. Quinlan
  • C. Browne
  • N. R. Bhatt
  • R. P. Manecksha
  • F. T. D’Arcy
  • N. Lawrentschuk
  • D. M. BoltonEmail author
Topic Paper



Data assessing the effectiveness of single-use flexible ureteropyeloscopy (FURS) are limited. This study evaluates and compares single-use FURS with conventional reusable FURS.


A systematic search using electronic databases (Pubmed and Embase) was performed for studies evaluating single-use FURS in the setting of urinary tract stone disease. Outcome measures included a comparative evaluation of their mechanical, optical and clinical outcomes.


Eleven studies on 466 patients met inclusion criteria. In vitro comparative data were available on three single-use flexible ureteropyeloscopes (LithoVue™, Polyscope™ and SemiFlex™) and clinical data were available on two (LithoVue™ and Polyscope™). The overall stone-free rate and complication rate associated with single-use FURS was 87 ± 15% and 9.3 ± 9%, respectively. There were no significant differences in procedure duration, stone size, stone clearance and complication rates when single-use FURS and reusable FURS were compared (duration: 73 ± 27 versus 74 ± 13 min, p = 0.99; stone size: 1.36 ± 0.2 versus 1.34 ± 0.18 cm, p = 0.93; stone-free rate: 77.8 ± 18 versus 68.5 ± 33%, p = 0.76; complication rate 15.3 ± 10.6 versus 15 ± 1.6%, p = 0.3).


Single-use FURS demonstrates comparable efficacy with reusable FURS in treating renal calculi. Further studies on clinical efficacy and cost are needed to determine whether single-use FURS will reliably replace its reusable counterpart.


Flexible ureteroscopy Flexible pyeloscopy Flexible ureteropyeloscopy Single-use flexible pyeloscopy Disposable flexible ureteroscope 



Flexible ureteropyeloscopy


Author contribution

Niall Davis: Data collection, Data analysis, Manuscript writing; Mark Quinlan: Data collection, Data analysis, Manuscript writing; Cliodhna Browne: Data collection; Nikita Bhatt: Data collection; Rustom Manecksha: Data analysis; Frank Darcy: Data analysis; Nathan Lawrentschuk: Project development, Manuscript editing; Damien Bolton: Project development, Manuscript editing.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Statement of human and animal rights

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

For this type of study formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. F. Davis
    • 1
  • M. R. Quinlan
    • 1
  • C. Browne
    • 2
  • N. R. Bhatt
    • 2
  • R. P. Manecksha
    • 2
    • 3
  • F. T. D’Arcy
    • 4
  • N. Lawrentschuk
    • 1
  • D. M. Bolton
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of UrologyAustin HospitalMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of UrologyTallaght HospitalDublinIreland
  3. 3.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland
  4. 4.Department of UrologyUniversity Hospital GalwayGalwayIreland

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