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What Is PCNL?

PCNL or Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy is a treatment for stones in the kidneys or the upper ureter that are too big to pass through the system naturally and do not respond to other treatment techniques such as Shock Wave Lithotripsy or Laser Ureteroscopy. PCNL surgery is minimally-invasive and thereby causes minimal pain or discomfort to the patient. This procedure relieves the painful symptoms caused by significantly enlarged kidney stones with almost no complications and allows patients to get back to their lives without hassles. Due to its minimally invasive nature and high success rate in treating stones that measure 2 cm or above, this surgery has replaced traditional open surgery methods over the years. Reach out to Pristyn Care to get the best PCNL surgery at cost-effective prices.

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      Pristyn Care - Best Healthcare Centre For PCNL Surgery

      Pristyn Care - Best Healthcare Centre For PCNL Surgery

      We at Pristyn Care make the best PCNL surgery available to people from all sections of society. We have partnered with the best hospitals in different parts of the country to make this surgery easily accessible for all. Our partner hospitals boast state-of-the-art infrastructure consisting of modern technology and all the amenities to ensure a seamless patient experience. 

      On top of that, our team consists of the top urologists who have extensive experience in performing PCNL surgeries with the utmost precision. They leverage advanced technology to increase the efficacy of the procedure and keep the patient’s comfort on priority. Book an appointment with our expert urologist and get quality treatment for kidney stones.

      What Happens During PCNL Surgery?

      What Happens During PCNL Surgery?

      Diagnosis

      As with any other surgery, the doctors suggest some diagnostic tests before PCNL surgery. These tests help them determine the size and number of stones and rule out underlying diseases or conditions that might affect the efficacy of the procedure. Some common diagnostic tests performed before PCNL surgery include: 

      • Imaging tests (X Rays, abdominal ultrasound, MRI)
      • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) test
      • Blood test
      • Urinalysis

      Procedure

      PCNL surgery is performed in the following steps: 

      • The patient is sedated with general anesthesia before the surgery. This helps in keeping the patient asleep throughout the surgery. 
      • Next, the surgeon makes a small incision in the flank area and then inserts a nephroscope with x-ray guidance to determine the exact location of the stone. 
      • Upon locating the stone, the surgeon uses a thin needle to access the kidney’s urine-collecting system. This is done with the help of a guidewire, which permits safe access for the nephroscope. 
      • When access is achieved, the surgeon proceeds to extract the stones. In some cases, the stones are removed using microforceps. However, if the stones are too large in size, the surgeon might use a laser to break them into smaller fragments before extracting them from the system. 
      • Finally, after removing all the stones, the surgeons use contrast to confirm that no stones or fragments are left in the ureter and then place a drainage catheter. 
      • In some patients, the surgeons use DJ stents, thin and tiny tubes that ensure that swelling does not affect the drainage of urine. They are generally kept for 10 to 14 days and then removed. 

      How to prepare for PCNL Surgery?

      How to prepare for PCNL Surgery?

      Before PCNL surgery, your doctor will give you some instructions to help you prepare for the surgery. Following these preoperative preparation tips will not only help you prepare for the operation but will also help you remain calm throughout. Here’s how you can prepare yourself for the PCNL surgery: 

      • Get all your questions answered beforehand. This can include questions about the procedure, the severity of the condition, the risks associated with the surgery, and so on. 
      • If you’re allergic to anesthesia, make sure the doctor is aware of it. This will help you remain at bay from developing allergic reactions to anesthesia. 
      • Do not eat or drink anything for approximately 6 to 8 hours before the surgery to prevent anesthesia-related complications. 
      • The doctor might also ask you to discontinue certain medicines, such as blood thinners, before the surgery. 

      How to take care after PCNL surgery for kidney stones?

      How to take care after PCNL surgery for kidney stones?

      Complete recovery after PCNL surgery takes about 4 to 6 weeks. However, the recovery period can vary from person to person. The doctor will give you some postoperative instructions that will help you boost your recovery, including: 

      • Avoid lifting heavy objects or indulging in strenuous activities for a couple of weeks after the surgery. 
      • Minor discomfort and pain is normal after this surgery. Your doctor will prescribe some pain-relieving medicines to help you manage the discomfort. If you notice bleeding or other abnormalities, make sure you get in touch with your doctor immediately. 
      • Drink ample fluids to help small fragments of stones flush out of the system naturally. 
      • Eat a fiber-rich diet to avoid constipation and straining during bowel movements. This will help in promoting the inner healing process.

      What Are The Benefits of PCNL Surgery?

      What Are The Benefits of PCNL Surgery?

      PCNL has emerged as the preferred treatment method for kidney stones that are 200 mm or larger in size, in recent times. It’s chiefly because it’s an advanced, minimally invasive procedure with very little chance of complications and a high success rate. Listed below are some more benefits of PCNL surgery: 

      • It involves minimal incision and leaves no visible scars. 
      • It causes minimal to no bleeding, and the procedure is absolutely painless.
      • It causes minimal to no complications and ensures faster recovery in comparison to other treatment methods. 
      • It requires a shorter hospital stay.
      • Patients can resume their day-to-day activities within a week of the surgery.

      Frequently Asked Questions on PCNL

      How painful is PCNL surgery?

      PCNL surgery is generally pain-free as the patient is sedated with anesthesia before the procedure. However, some patients might experience minor discomfort due to stent insertion when the effect of anesthesia wears off. Your doctor will prescribe medicines to help you manage the pain and other symptoms. 

      What size of stones are treated with PCNL surgery?

      PCNL is considered highly effective in treating kidney stones that are bigger than 15 mm in size.

      Are there any risks of PCNL surgery?

      PCNL is a low-risk procedure. Yet, it has some risks associated with it, including: 

      • Infection
      • Hemorrhage, 
      • Adjacent organ injury, 
      • Retained stone, 
      • Loss of kidney function
      When can I get back to my normal life after PCNL surgery?

      The total recovery time after PCNL is about 4 to 6 weeks. However, most patients can get back to their routine within a week of the surgery.

      How long does PCNL surgery take?

      PCNL surgery is a 1 to 1.5-hour-long procedure. However, the surgery time is subject to vary from person to person. It can differ based on the size and number of kidney stones, the patient’s overall health, the urologist’s experience, and several other factors. 

      How successful is PCNL surgery?

      PCNL surgery is an advanced treatment method for kidney stones that has a high success rate. It is highly effective in treating 15 mm or above kidney stones. Over 90% of the patients experience relief from the symptoms after just 1 session of PCNL surgery. 

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      • Jude Peeris S

        Treatment: PCNL

        5/5

        Hi. Thanks for the support ..it was a really pleasing comfortable and hassle free networking from Pristyn care in fixing appointments with doctor...hospital for surgery ..from time to time i was contacted for all support in case of any road blocks but all went smooth and peaceful which is very much required during hospitalisation....the coordinator detailed as spoc was also very helpful and knowledgeable....which took out most of the stress. Keep up the good work ...i will rate 10 /10 for the service ... Regards. Jude

        City: Chennai 3 months ago
      • Jay Singh

        Treatment: PCNL

        4.5/5

        All the services provided from my personal cordinator Vaibhav sir . He is very polite and he helped me all the time from my dad (Patient name: Jai singh)admission to till discharge. So thank you vaibhav sir and Pristyn care team for helped me all the time

        City: Lucknow 5 months ago
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