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Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

How nephrolithotomy removes kidney stones

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy or nephrolithotripsy uses a small incision in the person's back to remove kidney stones. The surgeon puts a hollow tube into the kidney and a probe through the tube. In nephrolithotomy, the surgeon removes the stone through the tube. In nephrolithotripsy, he or she breaks the stone up and then removes the fragments of the stone through the tube.

Current as of: August 11, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff

E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Tushar J Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology