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Ureteroscopy rigid and flexible

Kidney stones are extremly discomforting, one of the most effective ways to allow treatment is through a uretoscopy (flexible or rigid).

What is it a Ureteroscopy (rigid & flexible)?

Ureteroscopy involves passing a long thin telescope called a ureteroscope up through the waterpipe (urethra) and bladder and into the tube (ureter) connecting the bladder with the kidney. It is usually performed to allow keyhole treatment of kidney stones.

How does it work?

The ureteroscope can either be rigid or flexible. Rigid ureteroscopy is usually performed to deal with stones that are stuck in the ureter. Flexible ureteroscopy is a newer procedure and uses a ‘steerable’ fibreoptic telescope, usually in conjunction with a laser (Lasertripsy) to fragment stones in the kidney itself.

What are the benefits?

The main benefit to ureteroscopy is to offer minimally invasive treatment for kidney and ureteric stones. By visualising the stone with a ureteroscope and fragmenting it with a laser, only a single treatment is usually required and patients are only in hospital for one night.

How safe is the treatment?

The treatment has been available for over ten years and as long as the surgeon is experienced in the technique it is extremely safe with few complications.

Paying for your operation

Ureteroscopy costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

Specialists Offering Ureteroscopy (rigid & flexible)

Ms Justine Sarah Royle

Consultant Urological Surgeon


BMI Albyn Hospital

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Mr Jas Kalsi

Consultant Urological Surgeon & Andrologist

BSc(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MD, MRCS, FRCS(Urol)

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Mr Sanjeev Pathak

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBChB; MD; FRCS (Eng); FRCS (Urol); FEBU

BMI Thornbury Hospital

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Mr Ben Sherwood

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BM BS, BMedSci, MRCS, DM, FRCS(Urol)

BMI The Park Hospital

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Mr John Hugh Davies

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BSc (Hons 1976), MB BS (1979)

BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Mr Jeremy Elkabir

Consultant Urologist

MBBS (Lond), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Urol), FEBU

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Ways to pay

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Pay for yourself

Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare

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Pay with health insurance

We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code

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Spread the cost

Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)

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