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Overview: Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is a procedure done to remove kidney stones from the body when they can't pass out on their own. During PCNL surgery, a small scope is inserted through a small incision in your back to remove the kidney stones.
Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is often used for larger stones or when other procedures failed to work.Learn More
When the doctor has access to kidney stones, a sheath will be placed into the kidney and break up the stones using a special instrument. When these fragments are small enough, your doctor will remove them. When the PCNL procedure is complete, the surgeon may leave drainage tubes in the kidney.
Your doctor may also send the kidney stone fragments to be analyzed or checked for infection.
Possible risks from percutaneous nephrolithotomy can include:
Your doctor may also advise against lifting even moderately heavy weights for some days after the surgery.Learn Less
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