Accessibility Tools

What is Percutaneous nephrolithotomy?

Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is a procedure to remove large stones from the kidneys or ureters.

Procedure of Percutaneous nephrolithotomy

The procedure is indicated for stones resistant to shockwave lithotripsy (a non-invasive method that uses sound waves), large stones (more than 2 cm) that occur as a result of kidney infections that require complete removal, and stones that are high up in the ureter near the kidney.

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is performed under general or spinal anaesthesia and involves making an incision in your back and inserting a hollow tube through the kidney to reach the stone. Smaller instruments are then introduced through the tube to remove the stone.

Risks and Complications of Percutaneous nephrolithotomy

A 2-3 day hospital stay is required after the procedure and you may return to your regular activities in a week. Risks of the procedure include kidney damage, bleeding, injury to surrounding structures such as colon or bladder, and loss of kidney function.

Other Treatments for Kidney Stone

Contact UsOffice Locations

  • Box Hill

    Suite 3, Level 11, East Wing Tower,

    Epworth Eastern,

    1 Arnold Street, BOX HILL 3128

  • East Melbourne

    Suite 2, 141 Grey St,

    East Melbourne,

    Victoria, 3002

  • Hoppers Crossing

    64 Derrimut Rd,

    Hoppers Crossing 3029

  • Office Timings

    9 : 00 am to 17 : 00 pm

    Monday to Friday

  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • The University of Melbourne
  • ST Vincents Hospital Melbourne
  • Mercy Health Care First
  • European Association of Urology
  • Eastern Health Great Health and Wellbeing
  • Epworth Health Care