Retroperitoneoscopic surgery for stone disease

Kirkali Z., MUNGAN M. U., Güler C., Çinar T.

British Journal of Urology, vol.80, pp.372, 1997 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Journal Name: British Journal of Urology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.372
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


ESWL has revolutionised the treatment of stone disease. While most urinary stones can be treated with ESWL and endourological techniques, open stone surgery still has a place for a limited number of patients. Retroperitoneoscopic surgery for stone disease is a good alternative to open surgery in selected patients where ESWL and endourological methods fail. Impacted and hard stones which can not be treated with these modalities can be removed by retroperitoneoscopy. Ureterolithotomy and pyelolithotomy can be performed using only 3 ports with the patients in the flank position Nephrectomy for stone disease is also possible with this technique. We believe that retroperitoneoscopic surgery for urinary stone disease has a place in urology in selected patients as an alternative to open surgery.