Treating Kidney Stones at Avant Concierge Urology
Avant Concierge Urology offers several options addressing kidney stones in patients, including:
- Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) – a kidney stone surgery for large or multiple stones, and
- Ureteroscopy (URS) – an incision-less surgery which removes stones using a small basket or breaks them apart using laser or mechanical energy.
At the end of your selected kidney stone treatment, the medical team at Avant will likely insert a small, plastic tube – called a ureteral stent – into your urinary tract. This stent will help to reduce your risk of serious complications, such as blockage in your urinary tract.
Benefits of a ureteral stent:
- Helps control swelling.
- Allows your urinary tract to heal.
- Permits your kidney to drain.
- Helps dilate the ureter, the tube that carries urine from your kidney to your bladder.
The ureteral stent will typically remain in your body for four to seven days (occasionally longer). The stent being in place makes it easier to pass stone fragments through the urinary tract and out of your body. However, some of the stone fragments might not pass until after the stent is removed. For more information about treatment options for kidney stones, visit Boston Scientific’s Stone Management resource.