Urolithiasis is one of the most frequently encountered disorders in urology clinics, but among all urological diseases, it has witnessed the most rapid progress in treatment in recent years. New techniques and technology have brought minimally invasive therapies, improvement in the quality of patients' lives, and cost-effectiveness in treatment outcomes. Development of endoscopic retrograde treatment of urolithiasis led to the percutaneous antegrade maneuver, followed by clinical use of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Today, subsequent advances in urology have all but eliminated the need for open surgery. This book discusses guidelines that have been developed for urolithiasis treatment, and includes chapters on distal ureteral calculi, calyceal calculi, percutaneous nephrolithotripsy and staghorn calculi, urolithiasis in children, and complications of urolithiasis, thus providing a valuable source of the latest information for all urologists.
Publisher: Springer Verlag, Japan