Modern Strategies in Stone Surgery, with Special Emphasis on Prevention of Stone Recurrence

  • G. Rutishauser
  • A. N. Egilmez
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Some 100 years after the first successful surgical intervention for kidney stones (by Morris 1880 and Czerny 1880), we can begin to consider whether the age of open surgery in urinary stone disease is slowly coming to an end1. New promising non-surgical therapeutic methods, such as the shockwave-stone-disintegration, already provide an alternative to surgery in some 75% of kidney stone cases. They significantly reduce the period of hospitalisation and the time lost from work, with the advantage of complete avoidance of surgically-induced chronic renal failure2. Progress in transurethral stone manipulation, combined with ureteroscopy and ureteroscopic stone management3 and the rapid development and spread of percutaneous stone treatment since 19774, are other serious challenges to open stone surgery.


Methylene Blue Kidney Stone Partial Nephrectomy Stone Disease Stone Recurrence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Rutishauser
    • 1
  • A. N. Egilmez
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Urology, Dept, of SurgeryUniversity of Basle/KantonsspitalBasleSwitzerland

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