Break free from your stones with Urology One
When kidney stones develop in your urinary system, they need to come out. As a stone continues to grow, it becomes harder to pass through your system and can cause long-term damage and immense pain. Learn more about kidney stones and Urology One’s approach to your care here.
Are kidney stones complicating your health? When exploring your options, consider ureteroscopy, which is an effective method of locating and removing stones. Learn more about the procedure and take the first step towards freedom from your kidney stones by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Bechara George Tabet, Dr. David G. Heiser and Dr. Steven Ochs today, or continue reading below.
The Risks of Leaving Your Kidney Stones Untreated
Kidney stones are deposits of minerals that form inside your kidneys. They come in four forms:
- Uric acid
Your urinary tract system was not designed to transport anything other than fluids, making passing stones extremely difficult, painful, and even dangerous.
Kidney stones can turn from a light pain into an emergency in a single day. This causes more than 500,000 Americans to make unexpected trips to emergency rooms each year (1). Outside of emergencies, kidney stones come with a long list of side effects and risks, including:
- Pain in the back
- Nausea and vomiting
- Painful urination
- Difficulty sitting
- Sleepless nights
- Bloody or smelly urine
- Profuse sweating
By removing your stones, you can avoid the above symptoms, get more out of each day, and avoid the risk of needing to make an emergency room visit due to complications from your stones.
What is a Ureteroscopy for Kidney Stones, and how can it work for you?
To remove kidney stones in a ureteroscopy, a small telescope, called a ureteroscope, is guided through your urethra to locate the stone, and if possible, remove the stone from your urinary tract. The procedure includes the following steps:
- General anesthesia is administered
- The ureteroscope is inserted through your urethra and bladder
- A stent may also be inserted into the ureter
- The stone or stones are located using the ureteroscope
- If small enough, the stone will be captured and removed
- If the stone cannot be captured by the scope due to its size, the stone will be broken using a laser, and the remaining pieces of the stone will then be removed
The entire procedure is completed within three hours, and finished in as little as 60 minutes.
Are you a candidate for Ureteroscopy?
Ureteroscopy, an outpatient procedure, may be the right treatment for your kidney stones if:
- You have stones in your ureter
- Your stones are near the bladder (lower part of the ureter)
- You are pregnant, obese, or have blood clotting, which make alternative procedures impossible or risky
- You have not had urinary tract reconstruction surgery
For very large stones, other treatments may be recommended. Learn about the benefits, risks, and side effects of ureteroscopy by discussing the procedure with your urologist.
Find Relief from Kidney Stones with Ureteroscopy from Urology One and Drs. Bechara George Tabet, David G. Heiser and Steven Ochs
You deserve to find relief, and Dr. Ochs can guide you to it. Dr. Ochs is a caring, experienced urologist with three decades of experience who is known for providing an excellent patient experience.
Whether you’re ready to schedule a ureteroscopy procedure or want to learn more, request an appointment today. As someone with kidney stones that need to be removed, ureteroscopy is just one of your options. Common treatments, which we will discuss with you during your appointment, allso include Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy, Cystoscopy, and Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL).