Advantages and risks of laser lithotripsy

Written by: Dr. Francisco Javier Giráldez Puig
Edited by: Top Doctors®


What is laser lithotripsy?

The laser is a therapeutic tool that in recent years has joined the arsenal of urology. Laser lithotripsy is one of its main uses that we have more in vogue lately. Fundamentally calculations allows us to treat a few years ago was unthinkable to see addressed endoscopic, surgery being necessary opencast. Thus, both the number of complications in clinical and stay patient recovery well before we got.


Why you use this procedure causes?

When we have a calculation that obstructs the urinary tract it is necessary to give a solution. Currently that gives us greater security and better results is laser lithotripsy, which can be used both as rigid ureteroscope, when the calculation is closer to the bladder, such as more flexible ureteroscope fine and delicate, ureteroscopes, allowing us to enter into kidney itself.


What are the risks that the patient may suffer?

The risks of this type of laser lithotripsy via no longer than any other type of endoscopy, endoscopic treatment through the urinary tract. The use of laser really gives us a lot more confidence minimizing these same risks. The main and most serious may be the drilling of the urinary tract, which actually occurs in less than 1% of cases, and what is bleeding most often is mild and does not go beyond 24 hours. Sometimes, for added security we use a so-called double J ureteral catheter to keep for two or three weeks while the full recovery of the patient is achieved.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Francisco Javier Giráldez Puig

Dr. Francisco Javier Giraldez Puig is a specialist in Urology and reputed expert in Prostate Cancer. Has over 20 years experience and is the author of numerous national and international publications. Currently holds Urology Service of the Hospital Infanta Luisa de Sevilla.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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