stone disease

Single-use scope yields 45-min average surgery timeFlexible ureteroscopy using a digital single-use flexible ureteroscope known as PUSEN achieves stone-free rates on par with reusable flexible ureteroscopes, with a total surgery time averaging 45 minutes.
Single-use ureteroscope shows efficacy for routine URSA new single-use digital flexible ureteroscope (LithoVue) compares favorably in performance to reusable scopes, at least for routine urteroscopy, with a possible advantage of being more economical.
How do ureteroscope types compare ergonomically?Findings of a study investigating biomechanical stresses on the urologist while performing flexible ureteroscopy indicate that reusable and single-use digital ureteroscopes have a more favorable ergonomic profile than a reusable fiberoptic instrument.
Episode costs for ambulatory stone surgery vary widelyA study analyzing variation in spending for patients undergoing ureteroscopy or shock wave lithotripsy for urinary stone disease is a step towards helping urologists understand cost reduction opportunities.
Gout patients at 60% greater risk for stone diseaseMen and women with gout are at 60% greater risk for nephrolithiasis than adults without gout, according to a study looking at not only the chronic kidney condition’s incidence but also potential risk factors for first-time nephrolithiasis in people with and without gout.
Endourology/Stones: Care utilization for stones growing rapidly in older adultsThe safety and viability of outpatient percutaneous nephrolithotomy and predictors of success after shock wave lithotripsy were among the research highlights in endourology/stones at the AUA annual meeting.
Vibration therapy promising for treating stone fragmentsBadar M. Mian, MD, discusses a recent study about the use of external physical vibration lithecbole for treating residual stones after retrograde intrarenal surgery.
Pain most common reason for post-URS ED visitsAmong ED visits within 30 days of elective ureteroscopy over the 6-month span, pain was the presenting complaint in about 60% of patients, Scott and White Medical Center researchers report.
Lipid metabolism linked to pediatric stone formationThe results could have major diagnostic and treatment implications for pediatric kidney stone patients, a researcher says.
URS and ED risk: Intriguing association