Laparoscopic Ureterolithotomy

Laparoscopic ureterolithotomy is a procedure to remove stones from the ureter. The ureter is a tube between the kidney and the bladder. Urine passes down to the bladder through this tube. Laparoscopic procedures use small incisions and specialized tools. This helps to avoid large incisions that are used during open surgery.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Extreme urge or inability to urinate
    • Excess bleeding
    • Bruising
    • Redness or swelling at the site of the incision
    • Pus draining from the site of the incision
    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after the procedure
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

    If you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Laparoscopic ureterolithotomy is a procedure to remove stones from the ureter. The ureter is a tube between the kidney and the bladder. Urine passes down to the bladder through this tube.

    Laparoscopic procedures use small incisions and specialized tools. This helps to avoid large incisions that are used during open surgery.

    The Urinary Tract
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Ureterolithotomy is used to remove stones in a ureter that:

    • Are too large to pass
    • Cause pain or bleeding
    • Cause infection
    • Block the flow of urine
    • Place pressure on the kidney

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from this surgery are rare, but all surgeries have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems. Complications associated with any surgery include:

    • Adverse reaction to anesthesia, including light-headedness, low blood pressure, or wheezing
    • Infection
    • Excess bleeding
    • Heart attack or stroke
    • Blood clots
    • Death

    Complications associated with ureterolithotomy include:

    • Excess scarring or narrowing in the ureter that can lead to kidney problems
    • Failure to remove the kidney stone

    • Problems urinating such as:

      • Urine leaking from the ureter
      • Difficulty passing urine, especially in men

    • Bowel complications:

      • May be blocked or paralyzed after surgery leading to bloating and vomiting
      • Scar tissue around bowels that can cause later blockages
    • Excess scarring of incision
    • Hernia

    Smoking may increase your risk of complications.

    Talk to your doctor about these risks before the procedure.