Percutaneous nephrolithotomy made easier: A practical guide, tips and tricks

Raymond Ko*, Frédéric Soucy, John D. Denstedt, Hassan Razvi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) plays an integral role in managing large renal stones. Establishing percutaneous renal access is the most crucial step in the procedure and requires a thorough understanding of renal, retroperitoneal and thoracic anatomy to minimize the risk of complications. Moreover, access to fluoroscopy and the proper equipment are critical to ensuring complete stone removal. In this review we describe the technique of PCNL used in a high-volume endourology centre, where the urologist is involved in all aspects of the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-539
Number of pages5
JournalBJU international
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy
  • Percutaneous renal access
  • Stone disease


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