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Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery

People can experience severe pain and discomfort due to kidney stones and other disorders that cause obstruction of the urinary tract (kidneys, ureter, or bladder). Our fellowship-trained sub-specialists are skilled in treating virtually all kidney stones and other upper urinary tract disorders using endourologic techniques, i.e., incision-less surgery performed through an operative endoscope. State-of-the-art endoscopes, surgical lasers, ultrasonic lithotripters, and intraoperative imaging are employed to achieve the best patient outcomes. Endourologic approaches are also used in the treatment of various prostate and bladder disorders.

For more complex cases, minimally invasive surgical approaches are used, in which a small (keyhole) incisions are made through the abdomen or flank, and a sophisticated camera-lens system is used to visualize the inside of the abdominal cavity or organ, and to guide therapeutic intervention using specialized ultrasonic, laparaoscopic, or robotic instruments. Endourologic and minimally invasive surgical approaches minimize surgery morbidity, enhancing quicker recovery and shorter length of hospital stay.