The U-M Department of Urology has long been a pioneer and innovator in endourology. In fact, several important laparoscopic procedures and clinical studies (including the first randomized trial of laparoscopic nephrectomy) were first performed here at Michigan.
Today, our Division of Endourology is among the largest in the country — with five urologists who specialize in adult endourology, and another (based in our Pediatric Division) who specializes in pediatric endourology. Each year, we perform more than 1,000 uretroscopic and percutaneous procedures, including the treatment of calculi and the endurologic management of tumors and strictures.
For the highest-quality urinary stone care, excellent surgical treatment is not enough. Ours is a comprehensive kidney stone center; we have great interest and expertise in the metabolic evaluation and treatment for urinary stone prevention. Our Division is also very proud of our standardized management protocols including ones for pre- and post-operative management of patients undergoing ureteroscopy, percutaneous surgery, and extra-corporeal shock wave lithotripsy.
We also have a very active laparoscopic and robotic surgery program. In 2014 we performed nearly 300 laparoscopic or robotic upper urinary tract procedures. Our most common laparoscopic/robotic operations are partial nephrectomy and pyeloplasty.