Percutaneous cystolithotomy (PCCL) is one of the many minimally invasive technique that the Animal Medical Center of Seattle performs. The PCCL procedure addresses bladder and urethral stone retrieval for any size, sex, or species using a rigid camera (cystoscope). The cystoscope enters the bladder after passing through a small skin incision and stone baskets are used to remove the stones. This allows for superior visualization of the urinary tract from the bladder to the urethra, which means the chance of leaving a stone behind is much less than with a traditional surgical approach. This, coupled with a smaller incision and less suture needed to close the bladder, means stone recurrence is less likely with this approach than with a traditional cystotomy and patients are often able to go home the same day with minimal pain or complications.

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