Richmond, VA (August 8, 2018) – HCA Virginia’s Retreat Doctors’ Hospital is proud to announce that Dr. Michael Byrne, urologist with Virginia Urology, has successfully completed 200 complex kidney stone removal surgeries.
Byrne performs minimally invasive surgeries for a variety of complex urological procedures, including Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL). For kidney stones that are too large or too dense to be treated by traditional procedures, PCNL offers a minimally invasive method of removing these stones.
“Historically, large kidney and ureteral stones were removed through open surgery,” said Byrne. “PCNL is a minimally invasive option, usually requiring a 1-cm skin incision which minimizes the pain, blood loss and shorter recovery time for the patient.”
“PCNL also has a higher success rate for clearing all stones in one setting that other techniques, such extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) or uteroscopies, which can often times require several procedures to obtain full removal.“
PCNLs traditionally require a catheter, which can often lead to discomfort for the patient. Byrne’s approach allows him better, direct access to the kidney stone, allowing the catheter to be removed at the end of the procedure. Byrne’s method ultimately decreases the pain and discomfort for the patient and is a unique technique that he practices at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital.
According to recent urological studies, obtaining renal access is one of the most important factors in training for PCNL. In fact, PCNL is currently considered one of the most complicated stone surgery techniques to teach. For a surgeon, competence in performing PCNL is reached after 60 cases and excellence is obtained at 100 cases or more. Byrne has completed 200 cases at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital. He plans to maintain both his case volume and participation in training and continued medical education to ensure continued positive outcomes for his patients.
Byrne received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and is board certified by the American Board of Urology. He completed a one year fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in endourology – a minimally invasive technique to treat kidney stones. His clinical interests include endoscopic and percutaneous surgery for stone disease along with the medical management of stone disease.