What is Ureteroscopy?
Ureteroscopy literally means to look into the ureter with a small scope which contains a light source and a very small camera, and is usually introduced from the urethra to investigate stones in the kidney or ureter or perhaps tumors in the ureter and the kidney. Most commonly performed procedure for small renal or ureteral is ureteroscopic holmium laser lithotripsy, were a very small laser fiber is used to fragment a stone. Generally a ureteral stent is also placed at the end of the procedure to help facilitate the passage of these stone fragments.
This procedure is generally low-risk but requires general anesthesia for most people. Dr. Ebrahimi who is a fellowship trained endourologist believes that in the hands of a urologist who is skilled in using this instrument, there is virtually no risk of injury to the ureter or the kidney.
Dr. Ebrahimi has also been involved in groundbreaking research to limit the amount of fluoroscopy used during this procedure, thereby minimizing their radiation exposure to the patient and the operating room staff. He has presented this innovative data in several national and international urological meetings including the American your life Association meeting and the world Congress of endourology.