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Wayne Health’s highly trained urologists have expertise in diagnostic and therapeutic Endourology, minimally invasive procedures using small instruments such as scopes and lasers to treat tumors, blockages or abormalities of the bladder, ureter and kidney.
One of the more common such conditions is a kidney stone. A kidney stone is a small, hard mineral and uric acid salt deposit that forms inside your kidneys and may affect any part of your urinary tract. When passed, kidney stones can cause severe pain. Most kidney stones can be treated without surgery, but in cases of persistent pain or infection, it may be necessary to remove the stone from the urinary tract.
Wayne Health urologists use the latest minimally invasive techniques to treat kidney stones in the upper and lower urinary tract, including extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL).
What is Endourology?
Endourology refers to the use of minimally invasive techniques using small instruments to diagnose and treat kidney stones and other conditions. Stones may be extracted or broken up by inserting tiny instruments through natural body channels, such as the urethra, bladder or ureter. In addition to removing stones, our doctors evaluate the cause of kidney stone development and identify methods to prevent further stone formation. Thin, flexible instruments, including lasers, graspers, miniature stone retrieval baskets, special scalpels and cautery devices, can be advanced through scopes insert into the body to perform surgery without creating any incisions at all. The majority of endoscopic procedures can be done on an outpatient basis.
What increases your risk for kidney stones?
Several things can affect your risk for getting kidney stones. These include:
Your age, gender, and whether you have a family history of kidney stones can also affect your risk. But these things are out of your control.
How are kidney stones diagnosed?
Kidney stones may be diagnosed when you see your doctor or go to an emergency room with pain in your belly or side. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine you.
Your doctor may do tests to help diagnose kidney stones and see where they’re located. Tests include:
An abdominal X-ray (KUB). This creates a picture of the kidneys, the bladder, and the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder (ureters).
Wayne Health specialists use the most advanced diagnostic procedures to identify and diagnose urologic disorders. These include:
Wayne Health’s fellowship-trained urologists are skilled in treating virtually all types of kidney stones and other upper urinary tract disorders using endourologic techniques, incision-less procedures performed through an endoscope. State-of-the-art devices, such as endoscopes, surgical lasers, ultrasonic lithotripters and intraoperative imaging, are used to achieve the best patient outcomes. Endourologic approaches are also used in the treatment of various prostate and bladder disorders.
For more complex cases, Wayne Health urologists perform minimally invasive surgeries, making small (keyhole) incisions through the abdomen or flank, and inserting a sophisticated camera-lens system to visualize the inside of the abdominal cavity or organ and guide the surgeon’s use of specialized ultrasonic, laparoscopic or robotic instruments. Endourologic and minimally invasive surgical procedures improve outcomes, enhance quicker recovery and shorten length of hospital stay.
Wayne Health physicians and researchers are also faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct basic, translational and clinical research. This makes the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other providers without a medical school affiliation, and before FDA approval or commercial availability.
For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.