Originally Posted by 430
They do not ZAP it with a laser.
They do use ultrasound to break up the ubstruction.
Good luck with the porcedure. Hope you have a fast recovery.
Ureteroscopic stone removal
If a stone is lodged in the ureter, a narrow, flexible instrument called a cystoscope can be passed up through the urethra and bladder. The stone is captured and removed, or broken up with a laser beam or shock waves generated by a device attached at the end of the cytoscope. This procedure is usually done under a general anaesthetic.
Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
Large stones can be surgically removed from the kidney. The surgeon makes a small cut in your back and uses a telescopic instrument called a nephroscope to pull the stone out or break it up with shock waves or a laser.
PCNL is performed under general anesthesia. This can temporarily affect your co-ordination and reasoning skills
, so you should not drive, drink alcohol, operate machinery or sign legal documents (or open your big opinionated, ignorant and boastful gob) for 48 hours afterwards. If you are in any doubt about driving, please contact your motor insurer so that you are aware of their recommendations, and always follow your doctor's advice