Ureteroscopy is diagnostic and therapeutic procedure used in the treatment of kidney and ureteric stones. This is performed under a general anaesthetic usually as a day case.
A small telescope is placed via the urethra into the bladder and then up into the ureter and kidney if necessary. The stone is seen directly, often broken up with a laser and the fragments removed with a basket. A JJ stent is usually inserted at the end of the operation to stop the kidney becoming blocked by swelling of the ureter tube, blood or stone fragments.
Click here for ureteroscopy patient information from the British Association of Urological Surgeons.