Ureteroscopy for Treatment of Calculi

  • John Roger BellEmail author
  • Necole M. Streeper


The focus of this chapter is on the indications, technical considerations, and complications of ureteroscopy for both ureteral and renal calculi. Management decisions regarding ureteral and renal calculi treatment should take the following into consideration: probability of stone-free rate, need for additional procedures, and morbidity related to the treatment modality. During surgical planning, it is also important to consider the following patient characteristics: patient age, pregnancy, coagulopathies or bleeding disorders, and patient body habitus. We will then discuss technical considerations of ureteroscopy. This will include a discussion of the choice of ureteroscope, lithotripter, the use of ureteral access sheaths and whether to leave a ureteral stent. We will briefly discuss techniques for laser lithotripsy with a discussion of dusting compared to basket extraction. A discussion of laser settings and laser fiber selection will follow. The last section of the chapter will review the possible complications from ureteroscopy, including bleeding, infection, ureteral stent discomfort, ureteral injury, need for secondary treatment, renal damage, and ureteral stricture.


Ureteroscopy Laser lithotripsy Urolithiasis Dusting Ureteral stent Holmium laser Ureteral access sheath 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Urology, Department of SurgeryPenn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA

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