Bladder Stone Removal (cystolitholapaxy)

Transurethral cystolitholapaxy is a procedure performed to break down and remove bladder stones. The surgery is performed under local or general anaesthesia. During the procedure, you may be given antibiotics to prevent the risk of infection. Your doctor inserts a cystoscope (a small tube with a camera at the end) into the urethra and advances it into the bladder. The camera is used to detect the bladder stones. Ultrasound waves/laser are passed through the cystoscope to break the stones into smaller particles. The small fragments of stones are then washed out of the bladder with fluids. You may have to stay in hospital for a few days until you recover.

As with all surgical procedures, transurethral cystolitholapaxy may involve complications such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder damage