OWINGS MILLS, Md., Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Tubeless percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) has proven to be an effective minimally invasive surgical technique for removing large kidney stones that cannot be removed utilizing more common or non-surgical treatments. This complex procedure is quickly becoming the preferred alternative to more invasive surgery or staged surgery (where multiple procedures are needed to clear a stone) for removing complex kidney stones in one step. Yet, only a small number of urologists nationwide are specially-trained to perform this advanced surgical procedure.

Two kidney stone surgeons at Chesapeake Urology, Julio Davalos, M.D. and Joel Abbott, D.O., are among the few surgeons in the country performing tubeless PCNL, with more than 1,000 cases successfully completed. Since Dr. Davalos’ first tubeless PCNL surgery in a Chesapeake Urology ambulatory surgical center (ASC) in 2015, close to 300 tubeless PCNL surgeries have been completed in the specially equipped ASC.  Dr. Davalos and Dr. Abbott also have performed more than 1,500 traditional PCNL surgeries. Collectively, they have performed more than 2,500 traditional and tubeless PCNL surgeries, making them a leading PCNL team in the nation.

What is Tubeless PCNL?

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy or PCNL is used to remove kidney stones that are larger than 2cm in diameter and cannot be passed through the urinary tract. Percutaneous refers to surgery via a small incision through the skin, rather than an open, more invasive procedure. In some cases, patients may have a nephrostomy tube exiting the surgical site which is used to drain excess fluid from the kidney such as urine and blood.

In tubeless PCNL, there is no tube. Rather, the tract leading from the outside of the body through to the kidney is sealed using a specially designed hemostatic plug developed by Julio Davalos, M.D., Director of the Chesapeake Urology’s Advanced Kidney Stone program.

Utilizing this tubeless approach, post-operative pain is minimized, patients experience no leakage of fluids through a nephrostomy tube, have a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker recovery and return to work and activities of daily living. In addition, Dr. Davalos and Dr. Abbott now perform tubeless PCNL in a specially-equipped Chesapeake Urology ambulatory surgical center for appropriate patients, eliminating the need for hospitalization altogether. The entire team at this ASC is specially trained for tubeless PCNL surgeries.

Learn more about the revolutionary Tubeless PCNL procedure; Watch Dr. Davalos explain how the procedure is performed in this video – https://youtu.be/hziL8cF02Yo.

«With this breakthrough surgical procedure, there is no tube placed into a patient’s body before or after the surgery,» says Dr. Davalos. «This results in less pain, less trauma to the kidney, an outpatient procedure for most patients, and a quicker return to everyday life.»

To learn more about tubeless PCNL, visit https://www.drjuliodavalos.com/.

About Chesapeake Urology

Chesapeake Urology is a fully-integrated urology practice providing a comprehensive array of urologic services to its patients. The Company, including its Urological Consultants division, operates 25 medical offices and 17 AAAHC-certified ambulatory surgery centers in Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Carroll, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Anne Arundel counties and in Baltimore City, and has a staff of more than 725 including 87 physicians, 80 which are urologists. Chesapeake has been named one of the top places to work in healthcare nationally by Modern Healthcare magazine and Becker’s ASC Review, and locally by the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore magazine and the Baltimore Business Journal.  For information about Chesapeake Urology, please visit ChesapeakeUrology.com.

Patricia Schnably, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Chesapeake Urology Associates, LLC
443-738-8107; [email protected]; ChesapeakeUrology.com

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