Armamentariums Related to Percutaneous Nephrolithotripsy (PCNL)

  • Athanasios Dellis
  • Athanasios Papatsoris


Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) has been extensively developed through the last two decades. Apart from the technique and procedural standardization, the optimal surgical setting and imaging equipment are fundamental in order to puncture the ideal calyx and achieve stone-free result with the lowest possible complications. The large variety of the instruments and disposables in order to puncture, dilate, perform lithotripsy, retrieve stone fragments and exit is of utmost importance to perform a safe and effective PCNL. In this chapter we describe the armamentariums used in the PCNL procedure, including nephroscopes, access and dilatation equipment, lithotripters, retrieval devices and nephrostomies.


Percutaneous nephrolithotomy Puncture Access sheath Tract dilatation Staghorn stone Nephrolithiasis Lithotripsy Laser Nephrostomy mini PCNL 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Athanasios Dellis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Athanasios Papatsoris
    • 2
  1. 1.University Department of Surgery, Aretaieion HospitalAthensGreece
  2. 2.University Department of Urology, Sismanoglio HospitalAthensGreece

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