V11-10: Mini-percutaneous nephrolithotomy using an integrated ultrasonic and mechanical lithotripter (Olympu

V11-10: Mini-percutaneous nephrolithotomy using an integrated ultrasonic and mechanical lithotripter (Olympus ShockPulse-SE Lithotripter)



Mini-percutaneous nephrolithotomy (mini-PCNL) was initially described in the late 1990s. Many variations on the technique have been described since that time focusing on differing access sizes. Lithotripsy through a mini-PCNL tract has traditionally been accomplished through laser or electro-hydraulic/pneumatic energy. We sought to explore the feasibility of lithotripsy through a mini-PCNL tract with the Olympus ShockPulse-SE Lithotripter which combines both ultrasonic and mechanical energy to optimize lithotripsy.


A 58 year male patient with a 2.5 cm left lower pole stone was identified as the initial candidate for our technique. He was positioned in the standard prone position and access was obtained into his lower pole with an 18-gauge Cook LS access needle. We proceeded to dilate a 16-French tract using a one-step dilator with the Storz Modular Minimally Invasive PCNL (MIP) System. With the Storz MIP M nephroscope and a 1.5 mm Olympus ShockPulse-SE probe, we then broke the stone into minute fragments which were initially suctioned and collected with the StoneCatcher (Boston Scientific) system. Remaining fragments were removed with an endoscopic grasper and a nitinol stone basket. The procedure was performed tubeless with a stent. After five days, a follow-up plain film was obtained and the stent removed.


The dual modality lithotripter was efficient with stone fragmentation and extraction through suction. The total operative time was 110 minutes. The patient was discharged on post-operative day one after an uncomplicated stay of 30 hours total duration. Post-operatively, his hemoglobin declined 2.3 g/dl and his creatinine rose 0.2 mg/dl. On return, his large 2.5 cm stone showed good clearance on KUB though dust like fragments (


This is the first report of using integrated ultrasonic and mechanical energy lithotripsy in a mini-PCNL. The combination of the Olympus ShockPulse-SE Lithotripter with the Storz MIP system proved efficient in terms of operative duration and stone breakdown. It was also effective at clearing a large stone burden through a small 16-French tract. This method is feasible and provides an alternative to laser or pneumatic lithotripsy and offers the benefits of suction.

Funding: none