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What is PCNL?

PCNL is a Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy. If you have a large, multiple or complex stones. The surgery does one to three hours and typically needs a hospital stay of one to two nights. You should be ready to continue regular activities in one to two weeks.

Is PCNL dangerous?

PCNL is a reliable and efficient procedure for removing large, difficult, and many renal calculi. Still, a serious and life-threatening difficulty that can happen during or after PCNL is bleeding, which can happen during needle passage, tract dilatation, or nephrostomy.

Advantages:

  • Minimal Access Surgery
  • Stones of almost any size cleared
  • Hardness not a criteria
  • Minimal complication
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • A short hospital stay of 2 – 3 days
  • Minimal post-op pain
  • Ancilliary producers like Endopyelotomy can be done
  • Even staghorn stones can be cleared by single or double punctures
  • Success rate –   Total stone clearance    90%
  • Sandwich Therapy – PCNL + ESWL

 

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