Kidney & Ureteral Stones

Purpose

Laparoscopic pyeloplasty provides patients with a safe and effective way to perform reconstructive surgery for a narrowing or scarring where the kidney attaches to the ureter (the tube that drains urine from the kidney to the bladder) through a minimally invasive procedure.

General Information

When compared to the conventional open surgical technique, laparoscopic pyeloplasty has resulted in significantly less post-operative pain, a shorter hospital stay, earlier return to work and daily activities, a more favorable cosmetic result and outcomes identical to that of the open procedure. The success is the same as with on surery (96%). This operation is used to correct a blockage or narrowing of the ureter where it leaves the kidney. This abnormality is called an ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction (see attached diagram) which could potentially cause pain, stones, infection, high blood pressure and deterioration of kidney function. This procedure can be effective in patients who failed prior surgeries 88% of the time.