PCNL Made Easy: A Patient’s Comprehensive Guide to the Procedure
Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that has revolutionized the treatment of kidney stones. With its high success rates and low complication rates, PCNL has become the gold standard for treating large and complex kidney stones. However, for patients who have been advised to undergo this procedure, the prospect of undergoing surgery can be daunting.
Bye Bye Stones, Hello Comfort!
Thanks to modern medicine, you no longer have to suffer from kidney stones. This minimally invasive surgery removes kidney stones quickly and safely, allowing you to return to your normal life in no time. This comprehensive guide is designed to help you understand the PCNL procedure and what to expect before, during, and after the surgery.
What to expect before the procedure
Before the procedure, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your medical history and any medications you are taking. You may also need to undergo imaging tests, such as an X-ray or CT scan, to determine the size and location of your kidney stones.
What to expect during the procedure
During the procedure, you will be given general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep and keep you pain-free throughout the surgery. The surgeon will then make a small incision in your back and insert the tube into your kidney. Once the tube is in place, the surgeon will use specialized tools to break up and remove the kidney stones.
What to expect after the procedure
After the procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital for a few days to recover. During this time, you will be given pain medication and monitored for any complications, such as bleeding or infection. You may also need to have a stent inserted in your ureter to help drain urine from your kidney.