Percutaneous NephroLithotomy (PCNL) is an effective way of treating larger kidney stones that measure over 2cm in diameter. PCNL kidney procedure uses a very refined technique that helps in the treatment of complicated and larger stones in a minimally invasive fashion. The good news is the recovery of PCNL kidney procedure is comparatively shorter than an open surgery.
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PCNL, which stands for Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, is a minimally invasive technique used for treating larger kidney stones, measuring over 2cm in diameter. The procedure uses a highly-advanced technique, called keyhole surgery to make an incision about 1cm in the skin to get access to the stone.
The advantages of PCNL kidney involves:
The risks of percutaneous nephrolithotomy procedure are minimal if performed by a specially trained urologist by meticulous pre-operative planning. The technology implemented is highly advanced and the equipment used for the surgery ensures minimal side effects and no complications. Before PCNL kidney surgery, these are the preparations to be taken.
The patient is administered general anaesthesia after which the operation starts. A team of doctors take care of the procedure that involves anaesthesiologist, surgeons, theatre nursing staff and radiographer.
After the surgery is done, you are transferred to the recovery room. The catheter (also called nephrostomy), is kept in place for some days after the surgery to help in drainage of urine from the bladder. It is normal to see blood stains in urine for a week. This is normal unless the blood gets heavier in the urine which should be informed to the doctor right away.
After staying for 2-4 days in the hospital, you are discharged. During this time, you may undergo further follow-up surgeries using laser and pyeloscopy for removal of the remaining stones to ensure complete stone clearance. You should be careful for several weeks that follow so that you recover soon. Make sure you listen to your doctor’s instructions and advices to ensure faster recovery from PCNL kidney procedure.