Treatment Kidney Ureteral Stones

PNL Treatment

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PNL)

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PNL) is a surgery to remove large stones directly from the kidney. The advantage is that even very large stones are removed in a single operation (Fig. 1a and b). Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy is carried out under general anaesthesia.

Fig. 1a: A nephroscope is used to remove stones directly from the kidney.
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Fig. 1b: Stone fragments are removed in a single procedure with a nephroscope.

 

Compared to SWL and URS, PNL is more invasive and there is a higher risk of complications. The most common complications areFig. 1a: A nephroscope is used to remove stones directly from the kidney.Fig. 1b: Stone fragments are removed in a single procedure with a nephroscope. bleeding and fever.

When should I consider PNL?

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PNL) should be considered when your stone is very large (bigger than 2 centimetres) and has not moved to the ureter. Your doctor may also discuss Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy as a treatment option if:

  • You have more than one stone
  • Your stone is very hard

Watch this video to learn more about how PNL is performed

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Read more about the PNL procedure, how to prepare, and what to expect after the procedure.

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