Single-stage percutaneous extraction of renal calculi1

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The routine application of percutaneous techniques to the management of patients with renal calculous disease is evolving rapidly. Of 74 patients requiring surgery for renal calculous disease, 64 (86%) were deemed suitable candidates for percutaneous stone removal rather than standard open surgical intervention. The percutaneous procedure was successful in 60 (94%) of these patients. Compared to a standard surgical procedure, the percutaneous extraction technique resulted in shorter hospitalization and an earlier return to prehospital activity.



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