Surgical removal of a ureteral stone is usually reserved for special situations and not as a first-line treatment.


Indications for surgical removal of ureteral stones:

(1) salvage therapy when other methods of stone removal have failed

(2) multiple ureteral stones that will not pass

(3) a large, impacted stone

(4) need for intra-abdominal or pelvic surgery for another reason


Laparoscopy is preferred over open surgery since trauma to the patient is less.


To read more or access our algorithms and calculators, please log in or register.