Ureteric & Bladder Stones
Urinary tract stones begin to form in a kidney and may enlarge in a ureter or the bladder. Depending on where a stone is located, it may be called a kidney stone, ureteral stone, or bladder stone. Stones that do not pass on their own are removed with lithotripsy or an endoscopic technique.
After proper anaesthesia, the doctor inserts a telescope-like instrument, called an ureteroscope, through the opening of your urinary tract and into the bladder, which means there are no surgical cuts or incisions made. Your doctor uses the scope to examine your urinary tract – including your ureters and bladder – then locates the stone and breaks it apart using laser energy or removes the stone with a basket-like device.
Cystoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to examine the lining of your bladder and the tube that carries urine out of your body (urethra). A hollow tube (cystoscope) equipped with a lens is inserted into your urethra and slowly advanced into your bladder.