What Is Ureteroscopy?
If you have pain when you pee or possibly kidney stones, your doctor may want you to have a ureteroscopy. It’s a procedure to find — and, in some cases, fix –problems in your urinary tract.
During ureteroscopy, your doctor inserts a thin, flexible scope into your bladder and ureter (the tube that carries urine from your kidneys to your bladder). This way they can look for kidney stones or other signs of trouble.
Who Needs a Ureteroscopy?
When you see a doctor because it hurts to pee and you’re not going as often as you should, you may or may not need this procedure. It will depend on your symptoms and what other tests show.
Doctors sometimes use ureteroscopy as part of shock wave lithotripsy, a treatment to break up kidney stones. This is most helpful for:
- Women who are pregnant
- People who are very overweight
- People with blood-clotting problems.