nephrolithotomy or nephrolithotripsy uses a small incision in the person's back
to remove kidney stones. The surgeon puts a hollow tube into the kidney and a
probe through the tube. In nephrolithotomy, the surgeon removes the stone
through the tube. In nephrolithotripsy, he or she breaks the stone up and then
removes the fragments of the stone through the tube.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
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