Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)

PCNL Surgery India | Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
Usually, our kidneys are the silent crusaders who expel a lot of extraneous matter – matter that could eventually turn lethal – from our bodies.

However, one of the commonest ailments that have afflicted mankind from time immemorial, almost as common as common cold, is kidney stones. And the surgical procedure most commonly used to remove them is Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) in which the urologist makes a centimetre-long incision at the back of the abdomen to insert a nephroscope so as to remove stones in the kidney or upper ureter (the tube that drains urine from the kidney to the bladder).

However, there are a lot of myths surrounding kidney care and surgery

Percutaneous stone surgery is only used for removing kidney stones
No, in fact it might be used in situations where the ureter below a kidney is obstructed, such as in ureteropelvic junction obstructions, where a ureteroscope cannot be inserted. Or even surgeries like shock wave lithotripsy, ureteroscopy
Kidney stones occur because of our eating something stone-like
This is almost jocular. In fact, kidney stones are nothing but the crystallisation of chemical compounds in the urine
Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy Mumbai, India
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It’s the most effective method

Percutaneous stone surgery is often the most effective method for treating large stones quickly and completely

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is an alternative to ureteroscopy

The nephroscope can manually extract small stones

Larger stones need to be splintered with ultrasonic, electrohydraulic or laser-tipped probes (known as PCNL with laser lithotripsy)

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is quick & hassle free

  • 1
    Day
    pre-surgery
    Medical Check Ups
  • 3
    Hours
    surgery
    Approximate Surgery Time
  • 3
    Days
    post-surgery
    Hospital Stay & Recovery

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

is minimally invasive procedure and hence has quick recovery times
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