Laparoscopic ureterolithotomy: The method of choice in selected cases

Tibor Flasko, Endre Holman, Gabor Kovacs, Bela Tallai, Csaba Toth, Morshed A. Salah

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Objective: To evaluate retrospectively the results and complication, efficacy, and safety rates of laparoscopic ureterolithotomy in the treatment of large, impacted ureteric stones. Materials and Methods: Between September 1994 and December 2003, 73 patients underwent 75 laparoscopic ureterolithotomies (LUL). Mid- and upper-ureteric stones were removed retroperitoneally in 69 cases (92%). Lower ureteric stones were removed transperitoneally in 6 cases (8%). There were 2 (3%) bilateral LULs in one session, 7 (10%) ipsilateral percutaneous nephrolithotomy, and 6 (8%) ipsilateral ureteroscopy in the same session. The mean age of the patients was 39 years (range, 15-70 years). Mean stone size was 25 mm (range, 12-55 mm). Results: The success rate was 98.7%, with 1 patient (1.3%) requiring conversion to an open procedure. There were no major complications. Mean operative time was 45 minutes (range, 15-100 minutes). Postoperative analgesic medication was required for 1 day in 39 patients (52%). The postoperative hospital stay ranged from 2 to 5 days (mean, 3 days). Conclusion: On the basis of our experience, laparoscopic ureterolithotomy is a safe and effective method for the treatment of large, dense, and impacted ureteric stones. In selected cases it can be the first choice of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques - Part A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2005

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  • Surgery

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