Techniques to maximize flexible ureteroscope longevity.

@article{Pietrow2002TechniquesTM,
  title={Techniques to maximize flexible ureteroscope longevity.},
  author={Paul K Pietrow and Brian K. Auge and Fernando C. Delvecchio and Ari D Silverstein and Alon Z. Weizer and David Mois Albala and Glenn M. Preminger},
  journal={Urology},
  year={2002},
  volume={60 5},
  pages={784-8}
}
OBJECTIVES To assess methods to improve the longevity and durability of flexible ureteroscopes by using the ureteral access sheath, 200-microm holmium laser fiber, and nitinol baskets or graspers during routine ureteroscopic procedures. Despite adequate advances in fiberoptics and endoscope design, the decreased size of currently available flexible ureteroscopes makes damage inevitable after repeated use. However, new auxiliary tools may be able to enhance ureteroscope durability. METHODS The… CONTINUE READING
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