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New kidney stone operation tested at Southampton General Hospital

A new way of performing kidney operations, which is less damaging to patients and helps them recover more quickly, is being tested in Southampton General Hospital.

It involves placing a tiny tube - half the normal size - into the patient's side to reach kidney stones which can then be destroyed by laser.

Southampton is the only hospital outside London now using this procedure called an ultra-mini PCNL, which stands for percutaneous stone treatment.

Bhaskar Somani, consultant urological surgeon at the hospital, said two operations have so far been carried out, while Stephen Griffin, consultant paediatric surgeon, said it would be "of great benefit" for children.

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