Instructional Course - Requires Course Pass or Individual Course Ticket, Additional Registration Required
Modern day holmium lasers are able to fragment stones using settings that incorporate selection of high frequency, low pulse energy and variable pulse duration and modulation. This course teaches the practicing urologist the rationale behind the selection of the various parameters now available in new generation holmium systems for ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy.
Various strategies for laser fiber selection and management, as well as techniques for a dusting and fragmentation approach to endoscopic laser stone surgery will be taught via video-based case discussion. Participants will be able to identify patients with upper urinary tract stones suitable for fragmentation or dusting techniques. The evidence base on stone clearance and quality of life after laser lithotripsy will also be discussed, including literature on recurrence rates and retreatment. Standardized algorithms, along with tips and tricks, will open the door for advanced laser strategies in this rapidly evolving field.