percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
Q | what is a PCNL?
A | Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is a preferred treatment for large stones within the kidney using keyhole surgery. PCNL is offered in the following circumstances:
- Large stones present in the kidney
- Abnormal anatomy of the kidney
- Stones inaccessible using normal endoscopic (telescopic) methods
- Stones resistant to shock wave lithotripsy treatment