Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy - PCNL


A PCNL is a minimally invasive operation to treat kidney stones that are too big for extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) or ureteroscopy.
The procedure is normally done for stones bigger than 2cm but it might be done for smaller stones in the kidney or multiple stones in the kidney.
A tract will be made from the skin at the back into the kidney to break the stone up and remove through the tract. After the removal of the stone, a drainage tube will be left in for a day or two



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