Improving outcomes of percutaneous nephrolithotomy: Access

Brian R. Matlaga, Sam C. Kim, James E. Lingeman

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Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is a particularly effective procedure, commonly used to treat patients with complex renal calculi. Critical to the success of the procedure is proper patient selection. A thorough preoperative evaluation will serve to optimize treatment outcome. Careful attention to intraoperative details facilitates a safe and efficient access to the collecting system and subsequent stone removal. Postoperative decisions regarding drainage tubes must be well thought out. Performing the procedure as a single stage event optimizes many of these essential points.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalEAU Update Series
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Mar 2005



  • Kidney calculi
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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