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The T-Tilt Position: A Novel Modified Patient Position to Improve Stone-Free Rates in Retrograde Intrarenal Surgery

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Residual fragments following retrograde intrarenal surgery can lead to future stone episodes. The lower pole of the kidney presents a unique challenge as it is the most difficult location for retrograde intrarenal surgery. We investigated a modified patient position to increase stone-free rate by analyzing presence of residual fragments. We randomized patients into standard position and the T-Tilt position (15° Trendelenburg and 15° airplane away from the surgical side kidney).

Materials and Methods:

In this prospective, randomized study, patients were randomized into the standard or T-Tilt position. Demographics, comorbidities and operative parameters were collected. Stone-free rate was determined with renal ultrasound and x-ray at 1-month followup. Postoperative complications were recorded up to 1 month. Variables were compared using Kruskal-Wallis test for continuous variables and chi-square test for categorical variables.


A total of 138 patients were analyzed: 75 standard patients and 63 T-Tilt patients. The groups had similar patient and stone factors. The most common stone position was the lower pole (68.0% standard, 74.6% T-Tilt). Stone-free rates were significantly different: standard position was 76.7% and T-Tilt position was 92.1% (p=0.015). Stone-free rates for isolated lower pole stones were significantly different as well: standard position was 68.2% and T-Tilt position was 95.6% (p <0.001). Clavien-Dindo scores did not differ significantly (p=0.262).


The T-Tilt patient position was associated with higher stone-free rates. It is an atraumatic, cost-effective technique. These results suggest that modifying patient positioning during retrograde intrarenal surgery improves stone-free rates.


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