Percutaneous stone extraction

Treatment area

Usually offered for stones larger than 2 cm.


The stone is crushed and removed via a channel to the renal pelvis. In some cases more than one channel is necessary, or surgery may need to be performed over several sessions. Combination with other methods such as ESWL and laser lithotripsy may also sometimes be necessary.


Large kidney stones.


Patients are admitted the day before surgery. The in-patient stay is usually 5-6 days, but there is substantial variation in this depending on the properties of the stone, the pelvic configuration, and the treatment method.

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