Kidney surgery breakthrough

Royal London Hospital has become the first in the UK to use pioneering new micro-instruments in kidney stone surgery.

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Breaking new ground for kidney patients

The country's first operation of it's kind
The country's first operation of it's kind Credit: ITN

The Royal London Hospital has become the first in the UK to use a pioneering new device to remove kidney stones.

A keyhole surgery-style image of kidney stones
A keyhole surgery-style image of kidney stones Credit: ITN

A tiny laser is inserted into the body - and breaks stones up into tiny fragments.

Surgeons say it's quicker, and less painful for patients, than conventional surgery using forceps.

kidney stones surgery
A less painful type of surgery Credit: ITN