What is Cystolitholapaxy?
Cystolitholapaxy is a procedure to break bladder stones into smaller pieces and remove them.
In this procedure, an instrument called cystoscope is inserted into the bladder through the urethra. The cystoscope has a camera attached to it. The camera is used to locate the stones in the bladder. Once the stones are located, the cystoscope is used to deliver laser or ultrasonic waves that will break the stones into smaller pieces. These smaller stones are flused out of the bladder with the help of fluids.
A stent may be placed in the urethra to protect the lining and facilitate the stones passage from the body.
What are the risks of Cystolitholapaxy?
Complications from cystolitholapaxy are rare. A few possible ones are:
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Bladder tear or damage
- Damage to internal tissue or structures
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