Semi-rigid ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy is a minimally invasive procedure, which is performed through the urethra (hole where we pee), a very small camera is introduced to identify the affected ureter; The stone is located and it is pulverized (lithotripsy) with laser, it is verified that no fragments remain in the ureter and as the last step of the surgery a double J catheter is placed, this allows the ureter damaged by the stone heal in a proper way.
How long does the surgery take? On average the surgery lasts 60-90 minutes.
Type of anesthesia? Regional (in the back) + sedation.
How long should I be hospitalized? Usually less than 24 hours.
What to expect after surgery
After the procedure, the return to daily activities is very fast, you can climb stairs, perform moderate intensity exercise, go to work if it does not involve great physical effort; However, the double J catheter that is placed for the adequate recovery of the ureter, causes discomfort such as the sensation of constant urination or pink urine, colicky pain in the back, among others that are controlled with medications.
The catheter is removed in 2-4 weeks after the procedure in the office or in the hospital.