Keyhole Surgery of the Kidney at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman

Mohammed S Al-Marhoon, Josephkunju Mathew, Hawraa Al-Lawati


Objectives: Percutaneous access surgery of the kidneys was introduced in Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) in 1998. We are presenting our early experience in the first 3 patients operated on over an eight year period using the percutaneous approach. Methods: A retrospective review of 25 patients, who underwent percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) for the treatment of large renal stones and 6 patients who underwent endopyelotomy for the treatment of pelviureteric junction (PUJ) obstruction. Results: In the PCNL group complete stone clearance was achieved in 68% (17/25) patients and the complication rate was 28% (7/25). In the endopyelotomy group the success rate of relief of obstruction of PUJ measured by renogram and relief of symptoms was 83% (5/6 patients). Conclusion: Our early results of PCNL are promising and comparable to international results. 


Percutaneous nephrolithotomy; Kidney calculi; Endopyelotomy.

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