RIRS (Retrograde intrarenal surgery)

Retrograde Intrarenal Surgery is an endoscopic surgery performed to eliminate kidney stones. Read to know more about the procedure and it’s advantages.

Retrograde Intra Renal Surgery or RIRS is the latest method of kidney stone laser surgery without any incisions on the body. This is a very safe, efficient and reliable method to remove renal stones. It is an endoscopic surgery and performed through the natural orifice. The doctor uses an endoscope – a thin, flexible tube with a camera at the end of it – to get to the bladder through the urethra. The endoscope moves further to the area of urine storage in the kidney and during the process, it identifies the stones and blasts them with a laser. 

Kidney stones up to the size of 5 cm can be treated by this method. If stones are present in both kidneys, they can be treated together at the same time. The stones can be cleared well by this method.

Duration of RIRS Surgery depends on the size of the stone. Large stones take more time, while average to normal sized stone would take around half and hour for the procedure.

The normal recovery time after a RIRS Surgery is one day and patients can continue their routine work after a day’s rest.

Certain advantages of RIRS Surgery include:

-It is Minimally Invasive (meaning no incisions or cuts are made)

-The procedure is simple

-The recovery period is short

-Fewer complications

-No bleeding

-Both sides can be treated together

– Can be performed for both children and adults alike

– Since the procedure is done after giving Aneasthesia, the surgery is absolutely painless.

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