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Understanding Ureteroscopy (URS): A Breakthrough in Urological Care at ILS Hospitals

Ureteroscopy, abbreviated as URS, is a revolutionary urological procedure that has significantly transformed the diagnosis and treatment of various urinary tract conditions. At ILS Hospitals, we are committed to providing cutting-edge urological services, and URS stands out as a key procedure in our comprehensive approach to patient care.

What is Ureteroscopy (URS)?

Ureteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the ureter and kidneys. It involves the use of a thin, flexible tube called an ureteroscope, which is inserted through the urethra and bladder to reach the ureter or kidney. This advanced tool allows for real-time visualization and treatment of urinary tract issues.

Conditions Treated with Ureteroscopy:

Kidney Stones:

One of the primary applications of URS is the removal of kidney stones. The ureteroscope helps the urologist locate and break down stones, facilitating their passage through the urinary tract without the need for more invasive procedures.

Ureteral Strictures:

URS is employed to address ureteral strictures, which are abnormal narrowings of the ureter. The procedure allows for the precise identification and treatment of strictures, restoring normal urinary flow.

Tumours and Lesions:

Ureteroscopy enables urologists to visualize and biopsy tumours or lesions in the ureter or kidney. This is crucial for accurate diagnosis and the development of appropriate treatment plans.

Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction:

In cases of UPJ obstruction, where there is a blockage at the point where the ureter meets the kidney, URS can be used to assess the severity of the obstruction and, if necessary, perform corrective procedures.

The Ureteroscopy Procedure:

  • Preparation: Before the procedure, patients may undergo imaging tests, and certain precautions are taken to ensure a smooth process.
  • Anaesthesia: Ureteroscopy is typically performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation, ensuring patient comfort throughout the procedure.
  • Insertion of Ureteroscope: The ureteroscope is carefully inserted through the urethra, bladder, and into the ureter or kidney, guided by real-time imaging.
  • Visualization and Treatment: The urologist examines the urinary tract using the ureteroscope’s camera and addresses any identified issues, such as stone fragmentation or biopsy of abnormal tissue.
  • Post-Procedure Care: After the procedure, patients are monitored for a brief period and provided with instructions for post-operative care, including hydration and pain management.

Advantages of Ureteroscopy at ILS Hospitals:

  • Minimally Invasive: URS is a minimally invasive procedure, reducing the need for large incisions and promoting faster recovery.
  • Precision and Accuracy: The advanced technology used in URS allows for precise visualization and targeted treatment of urological conditions.
  • Reduced Complications: Compared to traditional surgical methods, URS is associated with fewer complications, making it a safer option for many patients.

Ureteroscopy has emerged as a game-changer in urological care, offering a less invasive yet highly effective approach to diagnosing and treating a range of urinary tract conditions. At ILS Hospitals, our expert urologists leverage URS to provide personalized and advanced care, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients. If you or a loved one is facing urological issues, consider consulting our experienced urology team to explore innovative and effective treatment options.

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