Jefferson University Hospitals

Percutaneous Nephrostolithotomy (PCNL)

If you or someone you care for is suffering from kidney stones, turn to the highly skilled urologists at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals for treatment.

For kidney stones that are larger than 2 centimeters or those that are very hard, a treatment known as percutaneous nephrostolithotomy may be appropriate for your condition.

What Does Percutaneous Nephrostolithotomy Involve?

PCNL is a surgical procedure whereby a small incision is made so that a scope can be inserted directly into the kidney. Utilizing ultrasound, laser, or electrohydraulic lithotripsy, the stones are fragmented or removed. Any remaining fragments are then removed through the scope. A plastic tube is temporarily inserted to ensure optimal urine flow after the procedure.

You may need to stay in the hospital for one to two days.