Ureteroscopy: Minimally Invasive Urology | Northwoods Urology

Urinary Incontinence or Ureteroscopy

Ureteroscopy is the examination of the ureters, the tubes connecting your kidney to your bladder, using a tiny tube that allows your doctor to see the lining of the ureter and perform several diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

What is a ureteroscope?

Picture of UreteroscopyA ureteroscope is a type of endoscope, which is a tiny tube that allows doctors to look inside your organs and tissue without cutting any holes, in this case specifically used to examine the ureter.

There are two main classes of ureteroscopes: semirigid and flexible. Your urologist will use one of these classes depending on where inside your ureter they need to look.

Minimally invasive

Ureteroscopes, and endoscopes in general, offer great potential for minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy for a variety of conditions. This is because different types of instruments can be passed through the ureteroscope.

Examples of instruments that can be placed through a ureteroscope include baskets to remove kidney stones, biopsy and grasping forceps to get tissue that can be examined under a microscope, laser fibers to fragment a kidney stone, and ureteral stents to make sure urine can flow without being blocked between your kidneys and bladder. The picture above shows an example of a ureteroscope.