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Ureteroscopy (rigid & flexible)

Kidney stones are extremly discomforting, one of the most effective ways to allow treatment is through a uretoscopy (flexible or rigid).

Flexible Ureteroscope

Ureteroscopy involves passing a long thin telescope called a ureteroscope up through the waterpipe (urethra) and bladder and into the tube (ureter) connecting the bladder with the kidney. It is usually performed to allow keyhole treatment of kidney stones.

The ureteroscope can either be rigid or flexible. Rigid ureteroscopy is usually performed to deal with stones that are stuck in the ureter. Flexible ureteroscopy is a newer procedure and uses a ‘steerable’ fibreoptic telescope, usually in conjunction with a laser (Lasertripsy) to fragment stones in the kidney itself.

The main benefit to ureteroscopy is to offer minimally invasive treatment for kidney and ureteric stones. By visualising the stone with a ureteroscope and fragmenting it with a laser, only a single treatment is usually required and patients are only in hospital for one night.

The treatment has been available for over ten years and as long as the surgeon is experienced in the technique it is extremely safe with few complications.

Ureteroscopy costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:   

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine  
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and Consultant suit your needs  
  • Personalised, Consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs  
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams  
  • Support by the same compassionate clinical team from beginning to end  
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included  
  • Flexible payment options to spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

Specialists offering Ureteroscopy (rigid & flexible)

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Mr George Saleh

Consultant Ophthalmic & Oculoplastic Surgeon


The Manor Hospital

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Mr Raj D R Gowda

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBBS MS, DNB (General surgery), FRCS (Surgery in General) FRCS (Urology)

Woodlands Hospital

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Mrs Robyn Webber

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MB ChB, MD, FRCSEd (Urol)

Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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Mr Andrew Ballaro

Consultant Urologist

B.Sc (Hons), MBBS, MD, FRCS, MSc (Urol), FRCS (Urol)

Hendon Hospital

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Mr Fahd Khan

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MD, MRCS (Eng), MCh MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery), FRCS (Urol)

The Priory Hospital

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